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Blast from the Past: What the World was Like when the Mets last Played in the Postseason

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Prior to this year, the Mets hadn’t played in a postseason game since 2006. Here’s what the world was like way back then, nine years ago.

  • Politics and World Affairs…
    • George W. Bush was the President of the United States, and we were in the fourth year of the Iraq War.
    • The Democrats won the Mid-Term elections here in the U.S.A., and as a result, Nancy Pelosi won the position of Speaker of the House.
    • Speaking of Iraq, Saddam Hussein was executed.
    • The Irani nuclear crisis, which (as we know) is still going on today, more or less began when the country refused to allow U.N. inspectors to view their facilities. North Korea (then ruled by current leader Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il) began to test nuclear weapons, as well.
  • Pop Culture…
    • Sir Paul McCartney separated from his wife of seven years, Heather Mills. So did Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. And Britney Spears and Kevin Federline did, too.
    • “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” was far and away the highest grossing film nationwide.
    • Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” topped Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 charts.
    • “American Idol” was the top regularly-scheduled television show.
    • The Oscar winner for Best Film was Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed.”
  • Technology…
    • The billionth song was purchased on iTunes. It was “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay.
    • Google purchased the up and coming video sharing website, YouTube.
    • Nintendo first released a revolutionary gaming system, the Wii, in the USA.
    • Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year” was “You,” or all internet users.
  • Science…
    • Pluto was officially “demoted” from the title of ‘planet’ to that of ‘dwarf planet’
    • A Russian astronaut hit a golf ball in space, resulting in an estimated 2.2 billion yard drive.
  • Deaths…
    • Legendary funk singer James Brown died at 73.
    • Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter,” died at 44 after being stung by a sting ray.
    • President Gerald Ford died at 93.
    • Martin Luther King’s wife, Coretta Scott, passed away at 78.
    • Minnesota Twins’ legend Kirby Puckett died at 45.
    • Negro Leagues’ star and later MLB manager Buck O’Neil died at 94.
  • Sports…
    • Italy defeated France in the World Cup finals after French star Zinedine Zidane was sent off for the “head butt heard ’round the world.”
    • Yankees’ pitcher Cory Lidle died tragically after flying his plane into a NYC buildings
    • Barry Bonds passed Babe Ruth, moving into the second position on the all-time home run leaders list.
    • The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl, and the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship.
    • Geoff Ogilvy won the golf U.S. Open, and Roger Federer won the tennis one.
    • University of Florida won both the national football and basketball championships.
    • The first World Baseball Classic was played in Arizona; Japan defeated Cuba in the finals.
    • LeBron James won his first All Star game MVP.
    • Speaking of All Star Games, Mark Loretta, Vernon Wells, Edgar Renteria, Jason Bay, Chase Utley (BOOOOOOO), Kenny Rogers, and Brad Penny were all starters in the MLB’s version of the game.
    • Donavan McNabb donned the cover of Madden NFL 06.
    • Miguel Cabrera was an emerging star at third base for the Florida Marlins.
    • The Seattle SuperSonics and Atlanta Thrashers were still active teams in their respective leagues.
  • Putting Time in Perspective…
    • Malala Yousafzai, now a Nobel Prize winner, was just 9 years old.
    • Justin Bieber and Harry Styles were both 12 years old.
    • Miley Cyrus had just completed her first season as “Hannah Montana” in the show of the same name.
    • Of the current late night hosts (Fallon, Meyers, Kimmel, Oliver, Corden, Colbert, Conan), only Jimmy Kimmel held the same position that he does today.
    • Donald Trump was no more than a businessman and reality star.
    • The first overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Karl-Anthony Towns, was just 11 years old.
    • Current MLB superstars Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were students in high school.
    • Not one of the Mets’ young stud pitchers (deGrom, Harvey, Wheeler, Matz, Syndergaard) was older than 18.
    • President Barack Obama was in his second year serving as the US Senator from Illinois.