NEW YORK METS INFORMATION:
Location: New York City, New York
Stadium: Citi Field
Conference: National League
Division: East Division
Rivals: Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees
Notable Players: Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Gary Carter
New York Mets World Series Title: 2, last World Series title: 1986
New York Mets NL Championships: 4, last NL Championship: 2000
After the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants departed for the West Coast, the baseball mecca of America was suddenly left with only one Major League ballclub, the New York Yankees. Seeing a window of opportunity, attorney William Shea announced the formation of a third major league, the Continental League, which was slated to begin play in 1961. Fearing a direct threat to their own exposure, the American and National Leagues made a deal to expand and the New York Mets were one of two teams added to the National League. Drawing on the orange of the Giants and the Dodgers' blue as their color scheme, the Mets started down the long road to rival the history and winning tradition of their crosstown rivals.
The Mets limped out of the gate for the first few years of their existence, including their first year in 1962 when they only won 40 games. In 1969, after never finishing better than 9th in the standings, the Major Leagues switched to a divisional format and the Mets completed one of the most surprising title runs in sports history. Anchored by their two pitching aces Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan, the Mets would win 100 games for the first time and would make quick work of the Atlanta Braves in the very first National League Championship series. The Mets triumphed over the juggernaut Baltimore Orioles for the World Series victory, and newspapers gave them the title Amazin' Mets, which has stuck to this day.
After the Yankees took over the Big Apple during the 1970s, the Mets became the most popular ticket in town in 1986. The Mets were the bearded, working class players that differed greatly from the clean-cut Yankees, and for a time they were the biggest team in New York City. In 1986, the Mets featured a stellar lineup with all-time greats like Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and Mookie Wilson. After surging through the playoffs, the Mets were down to their last strike against the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the World Series before catcher Gary Carter tied the game. Mookie Wilson's slow roller down the first base line through Bill Buckner's legs sealed the victory and helped the Mets cruise through Game 7 to capture their second title.
With the opening of their new ballpark Citi Field, the Mets look to continue their brand of winning baseball and remain a regular contender in the NL East.
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Shea was home, now Citifield is the place to be... Shea stadium was once called home, NOW Citifield takes the title. As an avid Met fan, everyone knows we all have our ups and downs. The debates and politics of the team, is always the best part of the discussion. People were sad about the change in venue, but once they walked in through the huge Jackie Robinson rotunda, we all stood looking around (including me) like tourists. Even when it was your first time or back for another look, there's always something new to see. Shea had its perks... but Citifield is AMAZING. even when you get up to get something to eat or drink, you can always see whats going on the field with the NO CONCRETE WALLS to block the way. Ive been going to Citifield since they opened it up to the public for the first time back in March of 2009. And each time I go back, theres always something new. I did notice the Rum bar, and tried the lobster roll for the first time, oh my word, to die for! I try to go back to the different clubs they offer with each section. The Acela Club, The Ceasars Club and Promenade Clubs are the ones i was fortunate enough to see. Hopefully through the years, ill be able to see the more exclusive clubs. The INFAMOUS shake shack is always packed, along with the BIG APPLE BREWERY with all different kinds of brewsky's. Fun things for kids to do... raffles and mini-games too! So many new additions: McFaddens Bar located behind Center Field by the bullpen, is a great place to start for pregame fun. The Hall of Fame Museum is another new addition to the building, for those hardcore fans and ones just seeing what new things they can learn about The Mets, filled with trophies, rings, and pictures of legends. It connects to the Mets store FILLED with fun things, anywhere from keychains to autographed baseballs. My experience at Citifield has just begun, and i can begin my experience with the next generation as well. Many, many more years to come. Shea was once called home. Time to close that chapter and on to bigger and better things... CITIFIELD! August 10, 2010
Citi Field is an awesome ballpark I went to a Mets vs Cardinals game last Summer. We took the 7 train from Manhattan to the Mets-Willets Point station which is directly outside Citi Field. The exterior of Citi Field is one of the best in baseball, it still looks like a ballpark. Walking into Citi Field there is huge hall setup as a tribute to Jackie Robinson. Lots of great history to see. The view from our seats was incredible. Albert Pujols was 10 feet away from us in the Cards dugout. The crowd was really into the game and the Mets responded by putting up 10 runs early and cruised to an easy victory. The Mets game experience was one I will always treasure because a game in New York has a special feel - the team, the stadium, the crowd. A NY Mets game is a great event. August 10, 2010
NY Mets/City Field Attended the Mets/Marlins double header on the 29th of August. Had left field corner, second row seats. Great price and the field view was great. City Field certainly has it all over Shea Stadium. Four others joined me and everyone had a great time. Great weather, friendly people at the ballpark. It helped that the Mets won the double header. Getting in and out of the parking lot was much easier than the old stadium. Even though I am a Yankee fan, I would recommend City Field to anyone, August 31, 2011