The 2010s have been a rough decade for New York sports. Even though they haven’t won often, the New York Mets have achieved more as a team and individuals than many of their Big Apple sports-family members.
The year is 2019 and another decade is nearly over. When the decade began in 2010, several New York sports teams were fresh from winning championships. The New York Yankees were the 2009 World Series winners and the New York Giants weren’t far removed from a Super Bowl. For the New York Mets, they were hoping for a more promising set of ten seasons.
Since 2010, the Giants are the lone New York City team to win a championship. Even they play in New Jersey. The Rangers did make it to the Stanley Cup finals, but a loss spoiled the parade. The Jets, Islanders, Knicks, and Nets also failed to do much of anything significant other than break hearts.
Perhaps most surprising from this decade, the Mets have made it further than the Yankees. If they fail to make it to the World Series in 2019, it will be the first decade since the 1910s where they didn’t at least appear in the championship round.
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The 2015 Mets shocked many when they faced off against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. The team fought hard to stay alive throughout the year. Some great momentum in the second half and into the playoffs was enough to get them to the final round.
Even beyond the standings, Mets players have accomplished much more than other New York City teams in all sports. Jacob deGrom and R.A. Dickey each won Cy Young Awards. The Yankees haven’t had a winner of this award since 2001 when Roger Clemens won it. Though the Mets haven’t had an MVP in the history of the franchise, the Yankees have been void of one since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.
In the other sports, New York City teams have been sans MVP, too. Unless you want to count Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils in the 2017-2018 season, it has been a dry decade.
Winning is most important and the Metropolitans haven’t done much of it this decade. However, that 2015 season stands out as one of only three years featuring a New York sports team in the championship round; at least in the four major sports.
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After two straight losing seasons which were preceded by a pair of trips to the postseason, it may be tough for the Met-faithful to stay positive. When compared to other teams within the city, this decade has been kinder to Mets fans than any other team—at least when it comes to going as far as possible and employing some pretty important people.