1969 New York MetsThe season isn't over yet, Mets fans. We have high hopes for this season, but could you imagine, or remember, being a fan of the team back then? I honestly couldn't fathom it.
The low point: Opening Day is a real downer, as the expansion Montreal Expos beat the Mets 11-10 behind the hitting of Maury Wills, Rusty Staub and Coco Laboy. It's nothing new for the Mets, who've averaged 105 losses per season since the franchise's inception in 1962. The Mets have some talented young arms in Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Gary Gentry, Nolan Ryan and Tug McGraw, among others. But in early May, they're 9-14 and eight games behind the deep and talented Chicago Cubs.
The happy ending: The Mets kick it in gear with an 11-game win streak in early June. And the Cubs, with their bad black-cat karma, do their part with a memorable implosion. Seaver and Koosman combine for a 42-16 record, and New York wins 100 games and beats Baltimore in the World Series despite one of baseball's weakest offenses. Hank Aaron calls the Mets "amazing,'' and they're memorialized in the film, "Oh God!'' when George Burns (as God) tells John Denver, "The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets. Before that, I think you have to go back to the Red Sea.''
So here's to hoping history repeats itself!