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  • Your favorite Mets team (NOT 1969 or 1986), and why?

    Just a frivilous topic not involving team finances, management, ownership, or on the field product. Lets harken back to better times. What is your favorite season of Mets baseball, not counting 69, or 86? Why is it your favorite? Any stories, or memories would be great.

    Mine would be either 1985. What an amazing year. Dwight Gooden had IMO the greatest pitching season I have ever seen. It wasnt a matter of if he would win, it was a matter of how many people would he strikeout on his way to a win. It was incredible. The great series against the birds, with Strawberry's clutch homer. Gary Carter's (RIP) opening day game winning blast. Watching the team come together, you could tell we were on the brink of greatness.
    unknown brooklyn cabbie " how are the brooks doin"
    unknown fan "good they got three men on base"
    unknown brooklyn cabbie "which one?"

  • #2
    1996.

    Lance Johnson, Bernard Gilkey and Todd Hundley all had career years. Ordonez actaully hit .257, Ochoa, Kent, Alphonso and Huskey all looked like solid young offensive players.

    And the pitching was awful so every game was an exciting crap shoot.

    Fun team to watch

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    • #3
      1973

      Originally posted by ribant View Post
      1996.

      Lance Johnson, Bernard Gilkey and Todd Hundley all had career years. Ordonez actaully hit .257, Ochoa, Kent, Alphonso and Huskey all looked like solid young offensive players.

      And the pitching was awful so every game was an exciting crap shoot.

      Fun team to watch
      1973. Some of the '69 heroes, with some new and clutch additions. Should have pitched George Stone in game 6, with a rested Seaver ready for game 7 with Matlack in the pen. Let Willie Mays go out a winner: came in on a pennant winner and went out the same way.....woulda/should/coulda. Going to fan appreciation on the final Sunday was 100% complete bedlam. When we ordered them in the summer, the Mets were in last place. My mom took three kids and we sat in the Mezz near 1b; thought Shea was going to collapse. An over performing team in Sept/Oct with a lot of guts.

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      • #4
        1973 was when I first started paying attention. The attachment may never have been as strong if I wasn't able to watch the games after coming home from school. I prefer 1984 somewhat to 1985 because it all just came together so perfectly even if it fizzled out startign on a weekend series in July that I was at against the Cubs.

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        • #5
          I am personally fond of the 1999 team. They were a fun, interesting team to watch.
          The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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          • #6
            1999 and 2000.
            I grew up with that team and it has my favorite Mets moment. Seeing Robin Ventura hit that Grand Slam sending the Mets into a game 6 was amazing to me when I was young. Then seeing them in the World Series the next year. I still have the Millenium Mets VHS at home, which was about the 2000 Mets season. Used to watch that all the time.
            That awkward moment when you are off 1 dollar buying something

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            • #7
              I'd have to go with 1973.

              Cleon Jones carrying the team to improbable pennant those last two weeks - in a race that went down to the wire with the team finishing 82-79.

              Tug McGraw and "Ya Gotta Believe."

              Jon Matlack as a dominant No. 3 starter behind Seaver and Koosman.

              Rusty Staub, John Milner, Felix Millan added to much of the remaining core of the '69 team - including Jones, Grote, Kranepool, Garrett (who had his finest year), Harrelson and the pitchers.

              The epic NLCS vs. the mighty Reds. Even the disappointing 7-game WS loss to the dynastic A's was a classic. Yeah, Yogi should have started George Stone instead of a weary Seaver on short rest.

              Quite the season.
              Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by nycthebest14345 View Post
                1999 and 2000.
                I grew up with that team and it has my favorite Mets moment. Seeing Robin Ventura hit that Grand Slam sending the Mets into a game 6 was amazing to me when I was young. Then seeing them in the World Series the next year. I still have the Millenium Mets VHS at home, which was about the 2000 Mets season. Used to watch that all the time.
                Same here, those were my Mets growing up, too...
                "Ya Gotta Believe!" -Tug McGraw ... "How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life." -James T. Kirk ... "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." -Sherlock Holmes ... "It is out of the deepest depth that the highest must come to its height." -Friedrich Nietzsche ... "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Hamlet

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                • #9
                  The 1973 team.They were in the World Series and lost to the A's in 7 games who were the World Champions the year before
                  and the year after.They beat the Big Red Machine in the NLCS.They were in last place on August 30 and came back to win
                  the NL East.There was an exciting September pennant race including the famous "ball on the wall" play which gave the Mets
                  a miracle victory.There was Willie Mays Night.I even went to my first Mets game that year on July 11 even though they lost
                  to the Astros 7-1 that day.And I was 9 years old at that time and to me the sport back then wasn't about big business it was just all about baseball.
                  "You don't give up any runs,we'll guarantee you
                  at least a tie." ~ Grote to Koosman

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                  • #10
                    1984. They were so bad for so long. Things were looking up at the end of '83 with Keith and Daryl. The BB mags were all raving about the farm system. Even though we fell short, it was a lot of fun and clearly things were to to get real good. I'm still real disappointed about the way things played out after '86. Cashen was the savior but I have no idea WTF he was thinking the way he ran the franchise after '87. Like '69, this team should have been great for years.
                    "We have a plan; and I like our plan." ...Omar
                    "I belive in our minor leagers; and I like our minor leagers." ...Omar

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                    • #11
                      1973 then 1984

                      Originally posted by Joe Rigatoni View Post
                      The 1973 team.They were in the World Series and lost to the A's in 7 games who were the World Champions the year before
                      and the year after.They beat the Big Red Machine in the NLCS.They were in last place on August 30 and came back to win
                      the NL East.There was an exciting September pennant race including the famous "ball on the wall" play which gave the Mets
                      a miracle victory.There was Willie Mays Night.I even went to my first Mets game that year on July 11 even though they lost
                      to the Astros 7-1 that day.And I was 9 years old at that time and to me the sport back then wasn't about big business it was just all about baseball.
                      And ditto every other comment in this thread about 73. A true pennant race that Sept. Cleon Jones hot streak, Matlack's Sept Dominance, Tug McGraw, Seaver the workhorse, the returns of Buddy Harrelson and Jerry Grote, solid years from Garrett and Staub, return to form of Jerry Koosman..."The Ball on the Wall" (Willie Stargell said after that game "The 27 Yankees wouldn't have beaten the Mets tonight"). Classic Playoff with the Reds...and a WS that might have been won had Yogi handled his starters better, or if always reliable Felix Milan doesn't let that ball go through his legs in game 1. I was 15 years old and while 69 was incredible, I was older by 1973 in HS and felt a connection to that team. Even the NL Playoff games were all in the Daytime.

                      84 was just great because of the upswing after such a dreadful 8 years. Doc Gooden's rookie season....some big wins. You could feel the turnaround.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mandrake View Post
                        1973. Some of the '69 heroes, with some new and clutch additions. Should have pitched George Stone in game 6, with a rested Seaver ready for game 7 with Matlack in the pen. Let Willie Mays go out a winner: came in on a pennant winner and went out the same way.....woulda/should/coulda. Going to fan appreciation on the final Sunday was 100% complete bedlam. When we ordered them in the summer, the Mets were in last place. My mom took three kids and we sat in the Mezz near 1b; thought Shea was going to collapse. An over performing team in Sept/Oct with a lot of guts.
                        sorry somehow triple post
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                        Last edited by drdg; 04-05-2012, 03:56 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mandrake View Post
                          1973. Some of the '69 heroes, with some new and clutch additions. Should have pitched George Stone in game 6, with a rested Seaver ready for game 7 with Matlack in the pen. Let Willie Mays go out a winner: came in on a pennant winner and went out the same way.....woulda/should/coulda. Going to fan appreciation on the final Sunday was 100% complete bedlam. When we ordered them in the summer, the Mets were in last place. My mom took three kids and we sat in the Mezz near 1b; thought Shea was going to collapse. An over performing team in Sept/Oct with a lot of guts.
                          sorry
                          somehow triple post
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                          Thank you
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                          Last edited by drdg; 04-05-2012, 03:57 PM.
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                          • #14
                            I was born a year too late for 1973. I guess 2000 is my 1973.
                            unknown brooklyn cabbie " how are the brooks doin"
                            unknown fan "good they got three men on base"
                            unknown brooklyn cabbie "which one?"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mandrake View Post
                              1973. Some of the '69 heroes, with some new and clutch additions. Should have pitched George Stone in game 6, with a rested Seaver ready for game 7 with Matlack in the pen. Let Willie Mays go out a winner: came in on a pennant winner and went out the same way.....woulda/should/coulda. Going to fan appreciation on the final Sunday was 100% complete bedlam. When we ordered them in the summer, the Mets were in last place. My mom took three kids and we sat in the Mezz near 1b; thought Shea was going to collapse. An over performing team in Sept/Oct with a lot of guts.
                              and lets not forget that willie mays was on top of the plate
                              and saw that the bud harrelson was CLEARLY safe
                              yet the umpire called him OUT
                              glad that the mets won that game

                              video of players intro (Mays got a huge welcome)


                              IT is not over till it is over=yogi berra 1973
                              Last edited by drdg; 04-05-2012, 04:01 PM.
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