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The Amazin’ Mets have been dazzling the crowds out in Queens, NY since their inaugural season in 1962. A staple team in the National League East Division, the Mets have carved out a place for themselves in the Big Apple with diehard fans who bleed orange and blue.
The loyal fans who endured the team’s growing pains in their early years were rewarded with an improbable World Series victory in 1969 over the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. Still thought of as one of the biggest upsets in World Series history, the team was nicknamed the Miracle Mets. Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman were dominant on the mound throughout this run and are still considered among the greatest players ever to wear the Mets uniform.
It wasn’t until 1986 that Mets fans celebrated another title in the Fall Classic. An incredible lineup, featuring star players Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, and Dwight Gooden defeated the Boston Red Sox in seven games to earn their ticker-tape parade through the Canyon of Heroes as champions of baseball.
Many lean years would follow, keeping the Mets away from top contention until the team acquired catcher Mike Piazza in 1998. An unprecedented World Series matchup would follow in 2000, featuring the New York Mets in a crosstown Subway Series against the rival New York Yankees. The five game series ended with a Yankees victory. For more information about the history of the New York Mets click here.
The current team, led by veteran star David Wright, is still optimistic about their future following their World Series defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in 2015. The lineup heading into the 2017 season is very promising, with talented players such as Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes playing pivotal roles. The pitching staff looks to be even more promising with Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Jacob deGrom providing powerful performances from the mound. Zack Wheeler aims to get his career back on track following Tommy John surgery, adding another layer of firepower to their rotation as the Mets looks to make another run at a World Series victory.