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10 Reasons to Root for the Mets

1. Our captain has stuck with us & led us through even the worst of times.

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2. Our manager is a 66-year-old coaching veteran who is finally getting a chance to show off his postseason makeup for the first time.

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3. Our shortstop has been a member of the organization since he was 16-years-old, and he showed the world just how much he loved being a Met late in July.

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4. Our star player is the coolest guy in the world, and he’s probably one of the only true five-tool players in the league.

8/12/15 - Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets at Citi Field - New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes #52 hits a solo shot, his first home run as a Met in the 8th inning.

5. Our pitching staff is on the path to being one of the best in the history of the game.

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6. Speaking of our pitchers, one of our top guys is a hometown hero.

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7. We lost our starting shortstop to a terrible and illegal slide by Chase Utley (BOOOOOOO) just three games ago.

Los Angeles, CA - October 10: Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets is kicked upside down as Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides into him reaching for second. Tejada is taken out of the game by stretcher in the seventh inning. October 10, 2015. (Photo by Anthony Causi)

8. Our GM is a genius who traded a a 37-year-old R.A. Dickey to Toronto for two top prospects, Syndergaard and d’Arnaud, who now are two of our best players.

Flushing, New York  9/30/13   Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks to media at a press conference at Citi Field on  Sept. 30, 2013 (Paul J. Bereswill)

9. Our closer, Jeurys Familia, is an absolute machine who is providing flashbacks to the days of Mariano Rivera and John Franco closing games for their respective NY teams.

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27: Jeurys Familia #27 of the New York Mets pitches during the ninth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

10. And, come on, how can you not root for this face???

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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.

My Game 3 Experience

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Attending Game 3 of the NLDS was, by far, my greatest experience at a sporting event thus far in my young life. I remember being at the second-to-last postseason game at Shea Stadium in 2006, Game 6 of the NLCS. John Maine pitched a gem and Reyes hit a bomb as we outlasted Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals. We all know what happened in the next game, though, so the inevitable heartbreak of Mets fans happened once again.

This year, as the Mets clinched the NL East Crown for the first time since way back then in 2006, a glimmer of hope re-appeared. We, the Mets, were ready to enter the playoffs with one of the best pitching staffs and a drastically improved offense led by Yoenis Cespedes and the now-healthy David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud.

In Games 1 and 2, the Mets played all the way across the country, in Los Angeles, and even still, the absolute excitement felt by all long-suffering Mets fans could be felt everywhere. deGrom pitched arguably the best game of his career in Game 1, leading to an early victory. In Game 2, we saw a winning performance by the offense & Noah Syndergaard early on, but as a result of an unfortunate, despicable, and most importantly ILLEGAL slide by Chase Utley (BOOOOOOOOOOO), the Mets surrendered a loss to the Dodgers, tying the series at one a piece.

Entering Game 3, excitement was at an all time high… Fans were excited to see the first home postseason game for the Mets since we called Shea Stadium home in 2006; Matt Harvey was ready to step onto the mound, with no pitch cap this time around; Chase Utley was the most hated man in the state of New York; and the Mets were all but poised to take a 2-1 series lead in the NLDS.

I was fortunate enough to attend Game 3, and let me tell you, the environment there was like nothing I’d ever seen before…

The tone was set early on, when the Dodgers were being introduced. A loud and all encompassing “BOOOO” filled the stadium with every name announced, even that of the Dodgers’ massage therapist. But when Alex Anthony on the PA said, “infielder, #26, Chase Utley,” this intensity was taken to an all time high. I can’t even begin to put it in words. So here, watch this clip.

And then, our beloved Mets were introduced. When Ruben Tejada limped out of the dugout with a cane, wow was that a heartfelt moment. After being unfortunately injured by Chase Utley (BOOOOOOOOOOOOO) in Game 2, Tejada was diagnosed with a broken fibula that would put his season to an end. I know that I, along with my brother beside me and several other fans in our vicinity, got “the chills” as our shortstop walked to join his team.

The entire night, the fanbase was standing, screaming, and waving their orange rally flags in the air. Even when Matt Harvey surrendered a three-run-inning in the top of the Second, the Mets fans continued to stand strong.

We witnessed an absolute offensive explosion. The Mets put up 13 hits total and set a team record for postseason runs in one game with 13… Travis d’Arnaud went 3-5 with 3 RBIs, Curtis Granderson had 5 RBIs, and then there was Cespedes.

In the home half of the fourth, Yoenis Cespedes sent a three-run-homer into orbit, making the score 10-3. At this moment, everyone understood that this game was long over. Yo’ hit one of, if not the, most powerful home runs I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. The place erupted, and they began to play some sort of movie theme song as Cespedes rounded the bases, further adding to the larger-than-life feeling of him, his dinger, and the game as a whole.

Game 3 was a magical experience, highlighted by the incredible offensive output, but also furthered by the overlooked pitching performances. While Harvey was certainly not himself and had one of his toughest games of his career, he still only let up 3 runs (all of which came in the same inning), putting into perspective just how good he really is. And Bartolo Colon, the absolute fan-favorite, pitching two innings (striking out the first one in order) was not only exciting, but actually historic. See below:

While Game 4 was not as magical and we just couldn’t get the best of Clayton Kershaw (still undoubtedly the best in the world), Mets fans, like you and I, remain hopeful and excited. So put on your Mets gear & get ready for JdG and the Mets to play in Game 4 on Thursday.

 

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