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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.
Following their last World Series appearance in 2015, the team has regressed and posted a record of 70-92 last season. This prompted the Mets front office to make the call to bring in a new manager for the team. Former MLB player Mickey Callaway had spent the past few seasons working as the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians, but has taken his talents to Citi Field this year as the new manager of the New York Mets. His team, led by veteran star David Wright (who is recovering from shoulder surgery) features a talented roster. It is up to Callaway to get the best out of them. Slugger Yoenis Cespedes has the ability to lift his team to new heights. His teammates in Adrian Gonzalez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Todd Frazier, Michael Conforto, and Jay Bruce all bring a tenacity to the field that translates into win. The pitching staff is loaded with big arms. From Jacob deGrom to Noah Syndergaard to Zack Wheeler, the Mets are always putting a feared pitcher on the mound.
Despite the recent setbacks, Mets fans still believe that this team can overcome the fall and climb back up into playoff position for 2018. It will be a true test for the orange and blue. Faith in this ball club runs deep and Citi Field will be mobbed with a passionate fan base eager to cheer along their home town heroes.