It Was the Summer of ’69: When New York Mets Fans Were Happy

Posted: 11th September 2009 by Evan Bruschini in MLB
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The Mets are tired and numb from injuries. They're trailing the Phillies by an impossible 18 games in the NL East. They trail the Colorado Rockies by an equally insurmountable 18-1/2 games in the NL Wild Card race. It's time to put their long, miserable season to sleep. But not before a bedtime story. The year is 1969. The Mets are playing in a new ballpark—playing quite terribly, too. Coming into this season, New York has gone a dismal 321-648 since the opening of their new stadium. Shea Stadium. The Mets are, simply put, dreadful. As an expansion team in the National League's new Eastern Division, they set the record for losses in a 20th century season, with 120 in 1962. Only the Boston Braves of 1935 had a worse winning percentage, narrowly edging out the Mets .248 to .250. In th ...

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