It is hard to believe that 26 years ago tonight the dream had come true for the ’86 Mets as well as their long suffering fan base. I was a 14 freshman at Vernon Township High School in Vernon N.J. as well as a die hard Mets fan. Along with my Anthrax t-shirt and faded jeans (along with my pack of Marlboros tucked inside my denim jacket), – I also had my weather beaten time faded Mets cap. I was one of the very few Mets fans (and metal heads) embedded in a enclave of Yankee blue and white.
I had moved to Vernon from Brooklyn 3 years prior and needless to say for a city kid the transition was tough. I immersed myself in Mets baseball and music. Yes I had rooted for the Mets since birth, and yes I remember being at Shea during the dark times of the late ’70′s, but seeing my favorite team dominating the competition helped to ease my growing pains as well as the feelings of isolation that I had battled on a daily basis.
I remember watching game 7 . It was a school night, but my father let me stay up to watch the game. When Jesse Orosco secured the third out I started cheering wildly . It was a cathartic experience. I could finally hold my head up and know that the team that I rooted for religiously (and teased mercelessly for it) finally was on top of the baseball world.
I still get chills when I watch this clip today .
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And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday includes:
One of the most iconic voices in Mets history, Ralph Kiner is 90 (1922). Although Ralph never played a single game as a Met, his D.N.A is woven into the fabric of this franchises’ history.
Back up third baseman from the ’63 season, Pumpsie Green is 79 (1933).
Reserve outfielder from ’78-’79, Gil Flores turns 60 today (1952).
Mets catching instructor and first base coach from ’05-’08, Tom Nieto is 52 (1960).
One of the Mets better home grown pitching talents, Jon Niese is 26 (1986).
Middle reliever from ’11-’12, Queens own Pedro Beato is 26 (1986).
Current Mets infielder, Ruben Tejada is 23 (1989).
The New York Mets released middle reliever, Bob McClure on October 27, 1988. McClure appeared in 14 games for the Mets that season and finished with a record of 1-0, 1 save and a E.R.A of 4.09.
Back in ’86 Mo Vaughn was a young Red Sox fan. He vowed that he would someday avenge the defeat of his favorite team. Needless he became a Met in ’02 and the rest is INFAMY !!!