1984 TOPPS TIFFANY DAVE JOHNSON
I slept with this card under my pillow the other night, hoping thoughts of a successful season would seep into my brain osmotically.
Of course, the cruel irony is that the mid-’80s Mets are alive and well and living not far from me in Washington, DC, with an older and just-as-wise Davey Johnson at the helm.
Johnson showed up in 1984 with a respectable big-league resumé, a few brief years of minor-league managing experience, and a perfect Chevron mustache. He was replacing the tandem of George Bamberger and Frank Howard, who had steered the club to a 69-93 record in 1983.
What the Mets went on to achieve from 1984 through 1988 was nothing short of amazing, with Johnson becoming the first NL manager to lead a team to 90+ wins in each of his first five seasons.
Translated into the modern wild-card format, these results would have equated to five straight playoff appearances– as it is, the team won it all in 1986, broke hearts by coming close in 1988, a...