3) Jacob DeGrom’s Emergence
Jacob deGrom was originally a 9th round draft pick from Stetson University in Florida. He was never viewed as a top tier starting pitcher though, other Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, and even Rafael Montero were all said and expected to have higher ceilings than deGrom by multiple scouts. deGrom squashed the thought of that relatively quickly once making his debut.
deGrom made his Major League debut on May 15th, 2014 against the New York Yankees and made a name for himself quickly. deGrom threw 7 strong innings, allowing 4 hits, and 2 walks while allowing only 1 earned run and striking out 6 batters. Unfortunately, he received the loss that night, but it was a strong start to a great career.
In 6 seasons, deGrom has been named to 3 All-Star teams, won the Rookie of the year award, won 2 Cy Young awards, finished in the top 10 two other years, finished in the top 10 for MVP voting twice, and set/tied a few Major League records.
On September 15th, 2014 deGrom struck out the first 8 batters of the game, tying a major league record for most consecutive strikeouts to begin a game. During the 2018 season, deGrom set the Major League record for most consecutive starts allowing 3 runs or fewer in a start with 29 and the most consecutive quality starts in a season with 24.
deGrom has put himself into an elite class in a short amount of time and is on path for an amazing career.
2) First World Series at Citi Field/First World Series since 2000
For the first time in15 years, the Mets played in the World Series. 2015 was a special year for the Mets which is no secret as they made it to the World Series after a rollercoaster of a regular season. They returned to the biggest stage in baseball for the first time in 15 years and it was the first World Series at their new home of Citi Field.
The series obviously did not go as planned for the Mets as they lost in five games, but the lone win they did get, did come in their home ballpark. The Mets were victorious in Game 3 at Citi Field.
The stadium was absolute electric during the three games the Mets were at home. Even though two out of the three games resulted in losses, the fans were loud and the ballpark rocked like Shea as it did years ago.
Hopefully, we can see Citi Field rocking in October again soon because it is truly an incredible sight.