Originally posted on Mets Guy in Michigan  |  Last updated 12/18/11
Well, I fell just short of obtaining something recently. I was so certain, so close. It had to happen.Except that it didn't.I remember feeling this way exactly once before.I was so sure the Mets were going to the 1988 World Series, and that they'd win it. It was in the bag.The 1986 championship season was followed by a year devastated by injuries. But the 1988 Mets were incredible. Dominating. The team finished 100-62, a full 15 games ahead of the second-place Pirates.David Cone went an insane 20 and 3 with a 2.22 ERA. Darryl Strawberry should have won the MVP, with 39 homers and 101 RBI.And the team headed off to the playoffs to play the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team they'd defeated in all but one game. The playoffs were a formality.Except that Bob Ojeda had an accident with a hedge clipper, future Met Orel Hershiser was playing out of his mind and Mike Scioscia earned “Bleeping” as a middle name. And like that, it was gone.I keep the ornament on the tree as a reminder that a divisio...
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