But For Three Pitches…

Here are the grim facts:  The Mets were tied or in the lead 77% of the time in the 2015 World Series.  They were tied or ahead for 41 of the 53 innings. And while you would not be wrong in claiming our dormant offense had much to do with our demise, you can now with pinpoint precision boil this series down to… Three pitches. Two World Series games we led in the 9th, another in...
Via Mets Merized Online
29 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets Channel Bill Buckner, Blow Late Lead To Royals With Error

If the New York Mets closed out all the games they should have in the World Series, they’d be up 3-1 against the Kansas City Royals. But alas, it’s never that easy. In the 8th inning, the Mets had an 83 percent chance of winning the game. Here's the Win Probability chart from last night's game. — FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs...
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November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets-Royals World Series Game 4: Now Mets have their own Murphy the Goat

The Cubs are supposedly cursed because of a goat named Murphy was not allowed to remain at Game 4 of the 1945 World Series. Now another goat named Murphy in another World Series Game 4 has helped to doom the 2015 Mets.Murphy was not the only goat, though. There are a lot of different names for groups of goats, such as herd and flock, but I'm going with tribe, because last night,...
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November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy and the Costliest Errors in World Series History

I know this isn’t going to help, Mets fans. And I know this might seem like I’m picking on Daniel Murphy which isn’t fair because Daniel Murphy, by himself, has never lost the Mets a game and Daniel Murphy, by himself, has never lost the Mets a World Series. Players don’t lose games, teams do, and the World Series isn’t over yet. But Daniel Murphy is a human being, and...
Via Fangraphs
November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The New York Mets hand over yet another game

The New York Mets have had the lead in every single game of this World Series and have lost three out of the four. In three of these four games, they got on the board first. In two of those three losses, the Mets had the lead in the eighth inning or later. Finding words to type this article is mind-numbingly difficult. It has just been an absolute flurry of mistakes by this Mets...
November 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Buckner, Chris Webber Among Athletes Haunted By Memorable Chokes (Videos)

Remember the last time the New York Mets won a World Series? Well, Boston Red Sox fans and Bill Buckner sure do. Buckner’s error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series is a memorable sports moment, but it is also one that has haunted Red Sox fans and Buckner ever since. That was far from the only performance that has haunted an athlete forever, though. From Wilt Chamberlain to Greg...
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Yanks Win Opener In 14th !

The Yankees started their ace last night, and Tanaka ( cousin pictured above….our graphics guy was hung over this morning ) gave what we have come to expect; 6 innings and 3 runs.Who knew that it would take 14 innings for the Yankees to outlast the feisty Mets?  The game story is endless, as this was one of the best opening acts the World Series as ever seen.The Yankees had a...
October 28, 2015  |  Discuss

On This Day In Baseball History: Gary Carter hits two home runs to even 1986 world series at two games

The 1986 World Series will always be known for Bill Buckner letting a ground ball go through his legs in Game 6 that allowed the New York Mets to win that game, and eventually the seventh game to win the World Series. The play drew comparisons of Buckner to Fred Merkle, who in the 1908 World Series was called out after he knocked in the game winning run because he didn’t touch...
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October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

For the love of Bartman (and Bucker) root against the Cubs

Bill Foley (Foles74)Contributing Writer I was thinking about cheering for the Cubs this postseason for one reason: Marty McFly. In the movie “Back to the Future Part II,” which came out in 1989, McFly showed us, thanks to Doc’s time machine, that the Cubs finally win the World Series in 2015. How cool would it be if the movie got that right? Sure, the flick was way off...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

USA Today Calls Michigan Botched Punt ‘Worst Play In Sports History’

By now, you know what took place in Ann Arbor, Michigan over the weekend. With just seconds left, Michigan was looking to punt the ball and get a victory over their rivals, Michigan State. But, fate would have a different idea on how the game would end: As it turns out, the ending of the game will go down as one of the worst endings of a sports game (for the team it affected) in...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

USA Today Ranked Michigan’s Botched Punt As The Worst Play In Sports History

There’s no doubt that Michigan’s botched punt this past Saturday was one of the most poorly timed mistakes in sports in recent memory. But is it the worst play in sports history? According to USA Today’s Mike Foss, it was. Monday, Foss, who writes for For The Win, ranked the 20 worst plays in sports history. Michigan’s blunder was No. 1, ahead of Bill Buckner’s error in...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Tentative MLB Schedules Released

On Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball released its tentative 2016 season schedule and it will start on April 3rd with the Sunday Night Baseball telecast. The matchup will be announced at a later date. Thirteen games will occur on April 4th including a matchup between the Reds and Phillies, as well as six divisional matchups and an interleague matchup between the Royals and...
Via Baseball Essential
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

The difference between being bad and not winning

In a parallel universe, the Chicago Cubs aspire to become the Boston Red Sox, from enticing their former General Manager in Theo Epstein, to remodeling a relic of a ball yard the Red Sox Way. The similarities between the two storied franchises are striking. Both teams went decades between championships, with the Cubs currently at 106 years without a World Series title. Both teams...
Via The Sports Post
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred denies reinstatement of Shoeless Joe Jackson

They say time heals all wounds, right? After all, if Muhammad Ali could reconcile with Joe Frazier, if the Red Sox could invite Bill Buckner back to Fenway to throw out the first pitch, and if Kobe and Shaq could bury the hatchet, anything could happen, right? Well apparently not the reinstatement of Shoeless Joe Jackson by Major League Baseball. Responding to a July letter sent...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: August 21, 1986

1986 – Twenty-one-year-old left-hander Greg Swindell makes his Major League debut, but he takes the loss on an ugly day at Cleveland Stadium as the Indians are throttled by the Boston Red Sox, 24-5. The young lefty, the second overall pick of the 1986 draft, had just started his third week in the Indians organization when he got the call to start against the first place Red Sox...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

‘Baseball as It Was’ Episode #34: Heather Quinlan

The 1986 Mets didn’t just dominate the major league competition. They ruled New York City in a way that hasn’t been matched since. Filmmaker Heather Quinlan is in the late stages of developing a documentary on this team that won 108 games with brash and bravado and would go on to capture the World Series over the Boston Red Sox with a remarkable comeback spirit. For more on the...
Via Baseball Essential
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Ghost of Bill Buckner Lives at Sloan Park

Pinch-runner Roberto Caro scampered home with the game-winning run on an E-3 (ground ball scooted through first-baseman's legs in classic Bill Buckner fashion) with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, as the AZL Cubs edged the AZL Dodgers 2-1 in Arizona League action Wednesday night at Sloan Park In Mesa, AZ. LHP Manny Rondon (acquired from the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Rafael...
Via Cub Reporter
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Video game announcers going berzerk over this finish is the best thing to ever happen behind a microphone

For a good number of years in the sports blog arena, any time an announcer at any level got excitable or started freaking out about something that happened, we traditionally write that they were doing their best Gus Johnson impression. Well, now in 2015, we might have to adjust that comparison.  Because these video game announcers make Gus Johnson sound like Ben Stein. I take you...
Via Awful Announcing
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Amazin’ Moments: Rusty and the Rundown

Here’s an Amazin’ Moment I won’t soon forget because it involves one of my favorite Mets of bygone days, Rusty Staub. During his first go-round with the Mets, Rusty provided more in the way of consistent offense and heady play than fans had come to expect from a Mets team that relied primarily on the arms of Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, Tug McGraw and whatever offense...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Time for Red Sox Nation to join the Ride for Hope

Bill Foley (@Foles74)Contributing Writer Nobody does a pregame ceremony better than the Red Sox. Since the current ownership group took over the Red Sox in 2002, the team has been masterful at drawing tears and offering some inspiration before the first pitch at Fenway Park. Perhaps the best was at this year’s home opener when the Red Sox honored the courageous and inspirational...
Via RedSoxLife
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Breuer calls classic Mets moments as DeNiro, Pesci, Ozzy Osbourne

Comedian and die-hard Mets fan, Jim Breuer, was on MLB Network's "Studio 21" Wednesday morning and gave us a taste of what baseball would be like with celebrities handling play-by-play. Breuer called three of the biggest moments in Mets history, the error by Bill Buckner in the 1986 World Series, Endy Chavez's spectacular catch against the Cardinals in the 2006 NLCS and the last...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

David Blatt: ‘Growing Up I Was A Red Sox Fan,’ Unfazed By Cleveland’s Title Drought

“God hates Cleveland.” That’s both the common lament among native Cleveland fans, and the rebuttal for those reminding said fans that Cleveland won’t win. It’s not just that Cleveland as a city has not won a professional sports championship in 51 years. It’s about the way Cleveland constantly is dealt stomach-punch, gut-wrenching losses. The...
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Fan Trolling Hard in a Bill Buckner Jersey

When I initially saw this Bill Buckner jersey the first thing I thought was what other random jerseys a Mets fan would potentially wear. Considering this game was in Pittsburgh I totally would have accepted a Bobby Bonilla or Oliver Perez Mets jersey. Oliver Perez gave the Mets a 4.71 ERA over 101 appearances for a cold $44 million. As for Bobby Bo, he’s getting paid $1.2...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Happy Mother’s Day: Mets Memories, Family, and Believing

A Message From Joe D. – One of the great things about MMO is all the great original content from the hundreds of Mets fans that have come and gone throughout the years. I love all the personal stories and the incredible passion and sentiment that goes into all those wonderful articles and Fan Shots. Every year on Mother’s Day, I like to look back and re-post an article that...
Via Mets Merized Online
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Can Monday’s home opener match Bill Buckner’s return?

Bill Foley (@foles74) Contributing Writer During the pregame ceremony of the 2008 Red Sox home opener, Bill Buckner emerged from under the giant American flag hanging over the Green Monster. Then slowly made his way to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Dwight Evans.  (Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images) The 2007 Red Sox received their World...
Via RedSoxLife
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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