Emmanuel Pepis, Staff Writer: 1993
The phrase “2017 has been disappointing for the Mets” would be a large understatement. This team was at least primed to contend for a playoff spot once again. Or so we thought and well…you know how the rest of the story has played out to this point.
In my lifetime, there is one year that sticks out as even worse than this and all Mets fans over 30 will know just where I’m going: 1993.
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Where to start with the ’93 bunch? There is so much to unpack from manager, Jeff Torborg being fired 38 games into the season to off the field incidents to the late Anthony Young’s historical losing streak that encompassed 27 straight decisions from May 1992 to July 1993. That streak ended in unlikely fashion on July 28, 1993.
Just on the surface, 1993 was the stuff nightmares are made of. The Mets enjoyed some success in the late 80s but that quickly withered away. By ’93 the final standings were only the outer layer of the Mets’ multitude of problems at the time. They finished 59-103, five games behind the expansion Florida Marlins.
That was also the year the shift began to happen. The Mets owned the town and were out-drawing the Yankees consistently. In 24 years since then, the Yankees not only dominated in the success department, but they have outdrawn the Mets in attendance every season since.
The ills of the ’93 squad would be another story all its own for all younger Mets fans. Let’s just say no matter how many injuries and losses have piled up, nothing will compare to 1993, one of the first seasons I can recall.