In case you couldn’t tell by now, the entire Rising Apple staff is incredibly passionate about the New York Mets, and everything that encompasses them. Like all Mets fans, we take the good with the bad (and lots of times in their 51-year history, we’ve had to endure the bad). So, when there is something good to acknowledge, whether it’s currently happening or makes us take a stroll down memory lane, we like to jump on the opportunity.
With that being said, we’ve been having conversations about how to appropriately salute the 1973 Mets, who came out of nowhere to win the National League Pennant, and were one win away from bringing home their second World Series title in four seasons. At this point, we haven’t heard of any organizational plans to honor one of the most successful teams in Mets history, so we’re taking it upon ourselves to do a season-long tribute to the ’73 NL Champions.
The salute started yesterday, as Matt Silverman was kind enough to submit a guest post to the site, which includes an excerpt from his latest book, Swinging ’73. The tribute will continue later this week, as Senior Staff Writer, Michael Lecolant, is currently putting together a season preview for the 1973 Mets. What will make our tribute unique? We will not only be looking back and honoring this team from a historical perspective, but we will also be reporting what went on in Flushing in real time.
For the newer generation of Mets fans, we don’t know much about the ’73 NL Champs, mostly because no one ever talked about them. The two most popular teams mentioned to me growing up were the ’69 and ’86 World Series Champions (for good reason). However, I would have liked to hear more about the ’73 team and how they made an improbable run to the Fall Classic. So, for those who didn’t hear any of those stories growing up (and for those who want to relive that magical season), we’ll be giving you a daily game recap from that day’s boxscore and how the Mets fared against their opponent.
So, starting on April 6th, you will not only be able to read how New York did against the Miami Marlins, but also find out how Tom Seaver beat Steve Carlton and the Philadelphia Phillies to open up the 1973 regular season. In addition to bringing ’73 season back to life, our staff will also be highlighting a certain player off the 25-man roster each week, giving each of them the spotlight that they deserve.
This will be a fun tribute, and a well-deserved one for a team that exceeded everyone’s expectations. We hope you enjoy the series and chime in with your opinions or memories from that magical year!