Evan Roberts of WFAN shared a tweet on a beautiful Saturday morning asking New York Mets fans to relive some pain:
A lot of people responses. Mets radio broadcaster Howie Rose chimed in with a very definitive answer to the question about which Mets season was the most painful.
Howie, I couldn’t agree more. 2006 made our list of the most disappointing season endings in franchise history; only once, though.
Mets broadcaster Howie Rose feels the pain of 2006
Is there any explanation as to why 2006 was the most painful ending of all? The Endy Chavez catch in Game 7 of the NLCS should have been a turning point for the Mets. That was one of those miracle moments we should have talked about for centuries as the one play we would never forget. While it’s still an incredible catch and one referenced often, the fact that the Mets lost the game to the St. Louis Cardinals makes it a little less fantastic in the larger scope.
The 2006 Mets might have been one of the best-built teams in franchise history to not get to the World Series. Howie’s runner-up, the 1988 Mets, might be the only one we can argue was better and failed to make it to the finals.
The Mets have had their share of heartbreaking eliminations. The regular season losses on the final day definitely hurt but 2006 is a little different. The Mets had an unstoppable offense and pitching to lead them, too.
A single win away from the World Series, the 2006 Mets remain a major “what if” in franchise history. As time has gone on, the collapses of 2007 and 2008 have helped to make it even more painful. The 2006 season was their best shot during that time period. They didn’t capitalize. Like so many Mets fans, Howie Rose seems to still feel the pain of what could have been.