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Mets: It will never be worse than 1962

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FLUSHING, NY - APRIL 13: A Mets logo inside the ground is seen on opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea Stadium as the Mets home field. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - APRIL 13: A Mets logo inside the ground is seen on opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea Stadium as the Mets home field. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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The Mets are a mess about 85% of the time. But look on the bright side, there’s no way it could ever be worse than 1962.

I was watching the MLB Network the other day, and someone asked: “Will any team be as terrible as the 1962 Mets?” To which the joke answer was, “Yes, the 2018 Marlins.” Even with Mr. Jeter’s firesale though, I doubt the Marlins will end up losing more than a whopping 120 games. We should be proud to hold that record. A record is a record, right?

After some digging, however, I realized the Mets don’t even hold the record for being the worst. That honor actually goes to the 1899 Cleveland Spiders, who managed to finish the year at 20-134.

Why am I bringing this up? Because sometimes we need a little reminder that things could always be worse. Even for the Mets. Sure the franchise has made some terrible moves and “non-moves” over the past few decades. But I can at least take comfort in the fact that, it’s highly unlikely that the Mets would ever have such a devastatingly bad season as they did in 1962. And even at the peak of their awful play on the field, they still managed to capture the hearts of fans as the new loveable losers of New York:

Good old Casey Stengel reminds me of the original Terry Collins in some ways. Though Casey’s “Stengelese” always seemed to put more of a positive spin on things than Collins was ever able to do.  Maybe that’s just the recent memory I have of Collins looking like the grim reaper himself as he faced the New York media.

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And I know what you’re all thinking, “Never say, never.”  But if the Mets would ever manage to slip that far back once again, I think Manfred would throw Wilpon out himself.

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