New York Mets Tickets
The New York Mets are one of the two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams based in New York City. The Mets are based in Queens and compete in the National League (NL) East division. The team presently plays its home games at Citi Field and has won 2 World Series titles, 5 NL Pennants and 6 East Division titles. The Mets have consistently made it to the playoffs for the past two seasons (2015, 2016). Their fans would like the 2017 MLB season to be no different. If you’re a Mets fan, then get your New York Mets tickets from here.
The New York Mets were established in 1962 as an expansion team to replace the two departing New York based baseball teams, the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Mets as they are commonly referred to, is shorthand for the franchise’s corporate name - The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc. William Shea, a local lawyer, played an instrumental role in getting the Mets for the city.
The Mets wear blue, orange and white colored uniform, in which blue is taken from the Dodgers’, while the color orange is taken from the Giants. The Mets color scheme also includes the city’s flag.
The New York Mets played their first two seasons at the Polo Grounds, later moving to Shea Stadium from 1964 to 2008. It was only in 2009 that the Mets started playing their home games at Citi Field.
Mets at their Worst Ever
Expansion teams typically struggle in their early seasons, but Mets’ 1962 inaugural season finished with a 40-120 record, the worst regular season for a team since the league went to a 162-game schedule. The team remained unimpressive from 1963 to 1968, when they mostly finished at 10th place in their league. However, the team’s 1969 season was a revelation.
In 1969, the Mets not only won their division and made the playoffs for the first time in their history, but also won their first World Series title by defeating the heavily favored, the Baltimore Orioles, earning the title Miracle Mets.
For the 1969 MLB season, the Mets acquired Tom Seaver in a lottery. Seaver would go on to become a Hall of Famer. The Mets faced the Atlanta Braves in the playoffs for the National League Championship Series (NLCS). They defeated the Braves 3-0 and advanced to the World Series to face the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles were expected to win that year however, in what would later go down in MLB history as one of the biggest upsets, the Mets defeated the Orioles 4-1.
The Slumping Mets
From 1970 to 1972, the Mets could not qualify for the post-season games however, in 1973 they won their division and found themselves in the playoffs again. They won the NLCS title against the Cincinnati Reds and advanced into the World Series. However, they were defeated by the Oakland Athletics 4-3.
From 1974 to 1985, the Mets could not qualify for the post-season games.
World Series Champions Again
The Mets’ 1986 season was a repeat of their 1969 season. They won their division and advanced to the post-season. For the NLCS title, they defeated the Houston Astros 4-2 and advanced to the World Series for the third time, where they defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 to win their second World Series title. The Mets have not won another World Series since.
The Mets Since their Last World Series Win
Since 1986, the Mets have been to the playoffs six times, including two World Series appearances. This includes two back-to-back playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016.
Three of the biggest Mets’ rivals are the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.
Mets-Yankees Rivalry - The two teams have regularly played against each other since 1997 and have met for a total of 108 games, out of which the Mets have won 46, while the Yankees have won 62 games.
Mets-Phillies Rivalry - This rivalry was low-key till the 2006 season. Since 2006, the teams have competed for playoff positions. The have played a total of 956 games, out of which the Mets have won 460 games, while the Phillies have won 495.
Mets-Braves Rivalry - This rivalry started in 1969, when the Mets defeated the Braves for the NLCS title. However, the rivalry did not heat up till the 1990s. The two have met for a total of 810 games, out of which the Mets have won 368 games, while the Braves have won 441.
The Mets will be playing against these teams again in the 2017 MLB season. If you are looking to experience exciting baseball, the New York Mets tickets are available here.