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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

Jason Fry is a Brooklyn writer whose first memories include his mom leaping up and down cheering for Rusty Staub. Check out his other writing here.

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Dressed to the 9's

In 2009, Flashback Friday commemorated the milestone anniversaries of previous Mets seasons ending in 9: 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999 with a series subtitled I Saw The Decade End. Here, for handy reference (a year after the fact, because I sort of forgot to give it its “Best of FAFIF” cataloguing treatment last December), is a guide to the epic Mets days of ’69 and ’99…as well as the lesser Mets days of ’79 and ’89. Remember: you don’t need to make the playoffs to generate a good story. Click on any for whichever trip back in time might intrigue you.


Our Days Got Numbered: Cosmetic changes are all around
Team Building Exercise ’99: The unlikeliest Met, from the vantage point of 1988
Wallworthy: Why some things are bigger than titles
Never Gonna Win Another Game: An eight-game losing streak that feels much longer
Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough: The Mets who stayed crunchy, even in milk
The Fab Four: The Best Infield Ever coalesces
Freaks and Geeks: Setting September’s stage
Baseball’s Most Magical Date: October 3 comes to its logical conclusion
Prelude, Playoffs & Postscript: Whacking the Diamondbacks
A Beautiful Ride: Coming up short against the Braves
The Days After: Picking up the pieces
Amazin’ Medley: A musical homage


Showing Some Fight: Darryl takes on Keith, while I take on beverages
Last Summer in Long Beach: Getting around to coming of age
Dykstra & McDowell for Samuel: Potentially advantageous trade goes horribly awry
Intermittently Sweet Music: Frank Viola, not quite the answer
As Mookies Go & Eras End: Exiting the Eighties


When Shea Would Go ‘Boom!’: Fireworks Night explodes in Flushing
Generation Pre-K: Going cheap, going young
The Willie Mays Bridge: Spanning New York’s National League generations
Livin’ It Up (Friday Night): When Mets vs. Yankees was as much conjecture as rock vs. disco
Dock Ellis to Doc Gooden: Counting our lucky All-Stars
Dave Kingman Appreciation Day: Surrendering three homers, gaining one win
¿’79 or ’93: Cuál es Mas Mal?: Which wretched season is more bad?


Before & After: If it occurred before I met the Mets, it hardly counts
Living in the Moments: How does a miracle lose its currency?
Donn of a New Era: Clendenon makes an impact
Duffy Deserves His Ring: The ultimate backup catcher
Born Again: Before there was Jimmy Qualls, there was Don Young
It’s A Family Affair: Uniquely Met immortals
Rites of Passage: Bar Mitzvah in the morning, Old Timers at night
You Never Forget Your First: Why 1969 still resonates

Across The Decades

Don’t Pitch to Kevin Young: A fan born in 1969 revels in 1999
Rickey and Jesse Would Always Know How to Survive: A Met rookie from 1979 crosses paths with a Met star from 1999
Euphoria and the Infinite Sadness: The long and winding road from 1969 to 1979

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