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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Mike Pelfrey
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: Mike Pelfrey
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Sam Maxwell, Staff Writer: 2009

The Mets entered the season as Sports Illustrated’s World Series favorite, which may have been crazy anyway, but still. It was my fifth season as a full-fledged Mets fan (I converted from the Yankees for those that do not know).

Citi Field was opening, Daniel Murphy was entering his first full season in the majors after an extremely promising August and September of 2008, and there was hope Jerry Manuel could continue his late season success (record wise) that he had the previous year. Razor Shines, the new bench coach, was filling Spring Training with pep talks of “getting that ring.” The extent to which Madoff was going to affect the team was not yet in full focus.

And then, as we have gotten so used to over the course of our fandom, the injury bug struck and one by one, the “cavalry” went down and never returned.

Omar Minaya’s lack of a contingency plan got exposed, Oliver Perez began his descent into serious Mets infamy. Ryan Church, well, I don’t even need to expand on that, just… Ryan Church.

Citi Field felt like more of a shrine to the Dodgers than the Mets with a severe lack of orange and blue and Mets history around, not to mention the dimensions were irrationally designed and ended up negatively affecting the career of their best player, David Wright.

Who can forget the Luis Castillo dropped popup at Yankee Stadium? This was the exact moment when the Mets began their descent into non-contention.

The highlight of the season turned out to be Omir Santos hitting a two-run home run in Fenway Park to win that ballgame. The “Omiracle” is a great segue as it was random names like that that began popping up; names that still make Mets fans roll their eyes: Pat Misch (“Mischy” became an adjective), Brian Stokes, Fernando Nieve (who Jerry Manuel pitched into the ground before April was even over…or…was that 2010? Oh, who cares?!) Sean Green, Argenis Reyes, Ramon Martinez (and not the one who’s Pedro’s brother), Nick Evans, Jeremy Reed – one underwhelming player after another. That’s not to mention the beginning of Mike Pelfrey being extremely Pelfish, which is also another invented adjective.

It was the first time I experienced how a hovering-around .500 in July season can quickly turn into a 90-loss campaign. At some point in July, even I started comparing where the Mets currently were to the win and loss pattern of the 1992 season. It was eerily similar.

The 2017 season has been seriously awful, but at least we still have the Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith types to give us hope for the short and long term future. In 2009, we were hoping it was just a blip on the map, but some of us were in serious denial on how much it felt like the beginning of another dark period in Mets history. I still feel that isn’t what 2017 is, but with the Wilpons, you never know.