Legends On Deck

It’s A Celebration: Mets Clinch First Division Crown Since 2006



I am looking at the title of this post and it makes me smile from ear to ear. To think that the team that I have watched and rooted for, I believe for pretty much my whole life (well I did get a Mets cap when I was 3 thanks to my mother) is finally going back to the postseason, and it has me feeling like a little kid again.

In 2006, the Mets were the team to beat and after losing to the Yankees in the 2000 World Series, I felt 2006 was the best chance to redeem that loss. I had many changes in my life back then, my wife and I celebrated the birth of our first-born in December 2005, and we decided to cell our Co-op the summer of 2006 and move to Florida to start a new life.

But as the season progressed and the Mets just kept winning, I realized that there was no way that I could leave New York until the World Series was over and I celebrated with my team in the Canyon of Heroes, for the first time since 1986. So as I looked at the possibility of that happening, I decided that my wife and son could go ahead and I would just stay behind and watch the games with my buddies and leave the day after the parade.

It was October 16, 2006, and the Mets were facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, Game 7 at Shea Stadium, in front of a sell-out crowd and the Cardinals up 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. What could go wrong, history showed that the Mets were made for games like this and the great season could not end here, we were destined once again to go all the way. It was just drama being played out and it would end well. We had the mighty Carlos Beltran up with the bases loaded and he was made for games like this, just one swing of the bat and it would be celebration again.

But that is not how it ended and all I saw in slow motion over and over again was the ball thrown by Adam Wainwright freezing Beltran for the third strike to end the game and any hopes of making it back to the series. Nothing could be worse than that feeling at that moment.

Well then came the collapse of the 2007 and 2008 seasons, and then Shea was closed forever and in 2009 a new stadium with new hope, but all it meant was the Mets would not win for the next six seasons. It was very depressing, but each season started out with hope and each ended with heartache. When would they finally bring back winning baseball. We Mets fans surely deserved better.

And better we got. For all the Mets Die-hard, faithful fans that have stuck around through thick and thin, through wins and losses and promises not fulfilled, because of our persistence to keep believing that excellence would show up again soon, we are being rewarded with one of the best seasons that any Mets team has had.  And I won’t discount the 1986 squad, or the 1994 team, or even the Piazza led 2000 NLCS champs, or even Carlos Beltran and the group that almost made it in 2006.

But this season was first full of many promises, that once again seemed to fade away from May to June, until some great moves at the trade deadline that brought in quality players and a guy named Yoenis Cespedes that pretty much turned the whole season around. So for all Mets fans that experienced roller coaster rides of emotions, and hoping that just maybe the second half could be different and maybe better, for all those waiting for a winner, this team, changed at the right time and finally have brought home a winner, a NL East Crown and hopefully many more wins in the postseason.

So once again, us Mets fans have the second season to look forward to and we are forever grateful to this new bunch of Mets players, that never seem to quit and have found a knack for winning the big game.

I also tip my cap to our Captain, David Wright, who chose to stay with the only club he has ever played for, believing that the Mets would return back to greatness. Here’s to you Cap for battling through injuries and coming back to be a big part of the second half run to the postseason. And for all the players that have done their part to put it all together, all Mets fans are grateful and we look forward to an amazing run to the title.

We believe that every year is our year, and most people laugh at us and point to the standings, but after Saturday night, after the second day in a row of trouncing the Cincinnati Reds and now the clincher, we Mets fans have every right to party like it’s 1986 and start bragging. No matter what happens, we will never be satisfied without a World Series title, but we can surely enjoy this one which seemed like eight years too late.

Congrats to the 2015 NL East Champion New York Mets.

The mission has just begun, next stop, take down the Dodgers. Oh it’s going to be an amazing run.

David Conde
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