A Super-casual History of the Mets Part 1: 1962-1976

Welcome to A Super-casual History of the Mets.  This series is a very top level history of the Mets, from memory, to pass along to Generation Z and whatever follows.  For a more detailed history of the Mets I refer you to Faith and Fear In Flushing.

So the Brooklyn Dodgers win in 1955 and everyone acts like they are a big time Dodgers fan.  Except the economics aren’t awesome and some societal stuff I won’t bog down in here, and two years later the Dodgers and Giants split for the West Coast.

A guy named Bill Shea is involved with starting a third league which would have a team in New York.  Blah Blah Blah the NL expands and we wind up with the Mets.  The blue color is from the Dodgers, the orange from the Giants.  The black is not involved AT ALL and is revisionist Jeff WIlpon horse hockey.

The Mets are managed by Casey Stengel who is cute and all but the Mets really suck and go 40-120 and are the worst team ever unless you wanna bring up the Cleveland Spiders which we don’t.

Some years go by.  Gil Hodges becomes the manager.  They get a pitcher named Tom Seaver who is eventually nicknamed THE FRANCHISE because he’s the best player who ever has and ever will put on a Mets uniform.  He’s that good.

Somehow in 1969 we put a man on the moon.  Also a black cat runs past the Cubs dugout as they are playing the Mets.  The Mets hunt down the Cubs and somehow win the 1969 World Series.   It’s amazing.

Then kinda nothing happens.

Gil dies right before the 1972 season (April 2!) but for some reason this isn’t really talked about by anyone under the age of 60.

In 1973 the Mets suck again but Tug McGraw comes up with Ya Gotta Believe and the Mets squeak into the playoffs before losing to the A’s.  And Yogi Berra is the manager.

Then the Mets play seasons in 1974, 1975, and 1976 and nobody ever ever ever mentions these seasons.

So if you want to sound passable at the bar:   Casey, Gil, Seaver, Ya Gotta Believe.  That’s it.  Learn those 4 things and you will be able to fake it.

More tomorrow.

 

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Is MLB making fun of their own players?

I saw this tweet from Cut4 (which is an official MLB site) and while I do not know what was in their hearts, I worry some (including me) could believe they are making fun of Jared Hughes eyes.  Maybe they aren’t at all and I am the one who is being rude.

Hopefully it’s just me and MLB isn’t making fun of their own players.  I think we can all agree it is inappropriate to make fun of anyone’s appearance.

Baseball Hall of Immortals – Inductee #54: Roy Campanella

The greatest catcher in Dodgers history is the 54th inductee into the Baseball Hall of Immortals.

After 8 years in the Negro Leagues, Roy Campanella made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948, one year after fellow Negro Leaguer Jackie Robinson broke the “color barrier.”  Campy would play for the Dodgers for 10 years, and along with Jackie, Duke Snider, and Pee Wee Reese, would become the core of the team that brought Brooklyn its first and only World Series championship in 1955.

Over the course of his 10 seasons, Campanella won 3 MVP awards – only the 4th player to do so to that point, sharing that distinction with crosstown backstop Yogi Berra. Interestingly, both Campy and Yogi won the award in 1951 and 1955.  Incidentally, Campy would also receive MVP votes in 4 other seasons, meaning he was considered an MVP candidate in 7 of the 10 years he played.

At the plate, Campy was dominant, belting 20 or more homeruns in 7 seasons, and driving in 100 or more runs in each of his 3 MVP years.  He would finish his career with 242 homeruns and 850+ RBIs.

Behind the plate Campy was described as having cat-like agility and a strong throwing arm.

Campanella’s career was cut short after the 1957 season when he suffered a paralyzing car accident.

As one of the best catchers to ever play the game, Roy Campanella is an Immortal.

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For some background on what this is, check out the introduction post here.

Extra fencing around Citi Field? Why? WHYYYYY?

Mulder, what do you make of this?

TheMediaGoon.com has some pictures of fencing around Citi Field.   

What is it for?

How long has it been there?

Maybe the Mets know this time you guys are really serious about boycotting the Wilpons?

Maybe they are worried about vandalism?

Maybe someone is starting to move some things around so the Wilpons can benefit from their friend Governor Cuomo’s Son Andrew’s silly backwards train to LGA project?

Maybe they just want to socially distance players from you autograph hounds?

Who knows?  But it’s better than discussing the July 1 You Know What Topic.

 

Happy Jason Bay Day!

While the other sites do the oh so boring by now Bonilla joke (hey only 15 more years of that one…how many writers does the AAIMBR have?) let us take today, July 1, to salute Canada Day and a great Canadian player in Mets history, Jason Bay.

The Mets know the Canadians like hockey, eh, so they of course brought out a hockey player at the Jason Bay press conference to confuse everyone.

Jason, who hit .267 36 and 119 the year before he joined the Mets so stop acting like you knew he’d suck, was part of the Players Choice Jerseys thing they did way back when (and I wish they would bring it back).

His included a Canadian motif.

 

This jersey had a lot of potential, but he blew it in putting the ball logo on the front.  I think had this said Mets (or New York like Murph did) it would have been a lot better.

Here’s the Murph jersey I mentioned.  It’s one of my favorites and I got if for $30 at the Mets store when y’all thought he was dead and buried after getting hurt learning to play 2B because you guys thought your power hitting first baseman was some sort of all time great and not just a flash in the pan.

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Anyway AAIMBR lol Bonilla and stuff.  God job by your writing staff even trying today.