Remember life before the internet? We got to work in horse and buggy. Milk was delivered to our homes. Presidents were teenagers because of the low life expectancy and none of them were over five feet tall because people were just shorter back then. Believe it or not young New York Mets fans, this is what things were like before the internet.
I’m exaggerating a bit. As someone whose life is pretty much split in two with the pre-internet and reliance on it, I’ve seen both sides a fair amount. The internet is a major place to talk sports and those news stories travel fast.
What if it was always around? These classic Mets moments would have surely broken the internet.
The Mets have won the Tom Seaver lottery
Other than the announcement that National League baseball was returning to New York, the first huge news story regarding the Mets happened when they won the Tom Seaver lottery.
Way back in 1966 when this happened, I’m sure most people didn’t have the faintest idea of who he was. Can we blame them? The internet didn’t exist. Televisions got about three channels.
In a different kind of world, the Mets winning the Seaver lottery would have been huge. If you thought Mets fans were hyped about Kumar Rocker falling to number ten in 2021, imagine them picking up a guy like Seaver who will actually sign with the organization.
I can picture it to completion. Along with all of the joy, there would be plenty of Atlanta Braves taunting. Even though they were in the National League West at the time (despite representing a state that is along the East Coast), you know people in Georgia would have done their best to say Seaver isn’t very good anyway.
Those tweets would later end up as historic freezing cold takes.