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NY Mets: 3 historic moments that would have broken the internet

Fans browse through different items at a Mets' memorabilia store in New York on October 27, 2015. After decades of failure, the butt of jokes everywhere, the Mets have achieved the unimaginable: a spot in the World Series 30 years after they last clinched the title in 1986. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)
Fans browse through different items at a Mets' memorabilia store in New York on October 27, 2015. After decades of failure, the butt of jokes everywhere, the Mets have achieved the unimaginable: a spot in the World Series 30 years after they last clinched the title in 1986. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – CIRCA 1979: Pitcher Tom Seaver #41 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during a Major League Baseball game circa 1979 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Seaver played for the Reds from 1977-82. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

The Mets have traded Tom Seaver

Another huge moment in Mets history involving Seaver would have had the internet going nuts. A little more than ten years after they were able to secure him as a member of their organization, the Mets traded The Franchise away on June 15, 1977.

I understand the Mets winning it all in 1969 would have gotten people excited on social media and the 1973 season would have done something similar. However, the pain of Seaver getting traded would have been much bigger and brought out the Frank Flemings from 40+ years ago.

The Midnight Massacre that occurred way back in the day remains a topic fans talk about today. My parents hadn’t even met yet so I can only take the word of older folks as to what this meant.

There hasn’t been a Mets trade of this level since. As huge as the acquisition of Mike Piazza was in 1998, it’s these doom-and-gloom moments that I think have the potential to shut down Al Gore’s greatest invention.

Imagine, if in today’s world, the Mets were to trade Jacob deGrom. I think trading away Seaver was far bigger because of the way baseball worked back then. Free agency was brand new and it wasn’t often you saw all-time greats switch teams. The Mets would have been the talk of the sports world following this trade and plenty of the national pundits would have had a field day ripping them apart.

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