The Mets have been playing baseball in the National league since the 1962 season. The franchise got off to an inauspicious start in ’62, becoming one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball history, finishing 40-120. But things turned around for the Mets in 1969. Led by a terrific young pitching staff that featured future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and a young Nolan Ryan, the Mets won 100 games, won the division, and defeated the Baltimore Orioles in five games to become World Series champions. Four years later Seaver and company returned to the World Series, but were defeated by the Oakland Athletics. The mid 1980s marked the next era of Met success. In 1986, a team full of All-Stars like Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Daryl Strawberry and Gary Carter powered the Mets back to the World Series. Thanks to a poorly played ground ball by Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner in Game 6 of the series, the Mets secured their second World Series title. The Mets returned to the World Series in 2000, losing to the New York Yankees. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for New York Mets baseball tickets.
2015 Mets Season Preview
2014 was another hard year for the New York Mets. The Mets failed to reach 80 wins for the 6th straight season and their post-season drought rose to 8 years. But the New York Mets have a number of positives coming into 2015. One is the relative parity of the NL East. 4 of the 5 NL East teams, including the Mets, finished within 6 games of each other, meaning the Mets are right in the thick of the division race. The other is Jacob deGrom. The Mets righty won rookie of the year honors in 2014 and is one of the brightest young pitchers in baseball.
Much of the 2015 New York Mets roster will look the same as last year. David Wright will continue to be the team’s star, followed by key players Curtis Granderson, and Daniel Murphy. New to New York for the 2015 season will be Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry. The combination of their power hitting, and the continued improvement of deGrom should help the New York Mets finish near the top of the NL East in 2015.
Check out our New York Mets Season Preview History page for previews of previous Mets seasons.
New York Mets Baseball at Citi Field Address: 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, New York, NY, 11368
The Mets play their home games at Citi Field, located in Flushing, New York. When filled to capacity, Citi Field holds 42,000 screaming Mets fans. Opened for business in 2009, Citi Field is one of the newest parks in the Major Leagues. Though equipped with modern amenities, Citi Field pays homage to the parks that stood before it, as the iconic Shea Stadium home run apple sits proudly in front of the stadium. Additionally, the entrance rotunda is modeled after old Ebbets Field, the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The New York Mets dugout is on the Citi Field first base line in front of sections 111-114. Citi Field parking information is covered in our Mets event guide.
Mets vs. Yankees
Picking up where the old Subway Series left off, this inner-city rivalry is one of the most fun each and every season. The matchup was first played in 1997 and became a full-fledged rivalry when the Mets and Yankees met for the 2000 World Series. These two teams are consistently among the highest payrolls in baseball and are always loaded with all-star talent. Yankee Stadium and Citi Field are two of the nicest stadiums in MLB and attending this matchup in one of those stadiums should not be passed up.
Mets vs. Phillies
The Mets and Phillies are both founding members of the NL East, playing over 850 times since 1962. Despite the history, this rivalry didn’t really kickoff until the mid-2000s when both teams were competitive at the same time. Since then the Phillies and Mets have consistently been among the top teams in the NL East, and games between them often prove to be decisive in the NL East pennant race. This matchup is almost always interesting into September, and one of the best divisional matchups in the NL.
Mets vs. Braves
This divisional rivalry has been one of the most interesting and competitive since the mid 1990’s. The rivalry has been played over 650 times, with many of the meetings having playoff berths on the line. The Mets and Braves have twice met in the NLCS and are consistently among the best teams in the National League. The young talent on both teams gives this rivalry even more intrigue as it promises to continue to be a premier matchup in the NL.
New York Mets in the World Series, National League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
After struggling as a new franchise in their first seven seasons, the New York Mets finally turned it around during the 1969 season. Known as the “Amazin’ Mets,” the team won their first World Series title over the star-studded Baltimore Orioles and shocked the baseball world. The Mets have gone on to win another World Series title over the years and have won over three NL pennants. New York has won 4+ division titles and will only add to that number in the upcoming seasons.
New York Mets Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Mets game?
Gates at Citi Field open to the general public 90 minutes before the first pitch.
Where are good places to eat before a Mets game?
There are a number of great dining options within a few miles of Citi Field. Italian food fans should try Il Trangolo Restaurant, or Parkside Restaurant. Both are on the higher end of the price scale, but the food is well worth it. If you are looking for mouth-watering barbeque check out Picnic Garden, or Blue Smoke. For those looking to try something new, visit Rincon Criollo, or El Polo Inka Peru, you will not be disappointed. If you want to spend pre-game with plenty of other Mets fans try Recovery Room, Stone Tavern, or 7th Gear. All three are great sports bars and hang out spots for Mets fans before and after games. Other good places in the area are Shake Shack, Jack & Nellie’s, and Little Pepper.
Where is the best place to park at Citi Field?
Parking at Citi field is fairly restrictive. The vast majority of the lots surrounding the stadium are reserved for season ticket and parking pass holders. We highly recommend purchasing a parking pass or arriving to the stadium early. There is a large general parking lot located at the corner of Roosevelt and Grand Central Parkway, to the southwest of the stadium. Another smaller general parking lot is located on the south side of Roosevelt at the same intersection. To the north of the stadium is a third general parking option, but half of this lot is reserved for stadium staff so it fills up quickly. Parking at all the general parking lots is usually around $20 for regular season games.
Does children need tickets to attend a game at Citi Field?
Children under 32 inches tall are allowed to enter Citi Field without a ticket, but must sit on a parent’s lap for the duration of the game.
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