The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club was founded in 1962 to return National League Baseball to the city of New York after the Dodgers and Giants departed for California 4 years earlier, the team would adopt the Dodgers Blue and Giants Orange as their colours which also the colours on the New York State flag!
After spending their first few years in the National League’s basement the Mets finally came of age in 1969 as a late surge took them past Chicago to win the East Division before beating Atlanta in the National League Championship Series.
They would then go on to win the club’s first World Series beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 and the team out be forever dubbed the “Miracle Mets”.
The team would win their 2nd NL Pennant in 1973, but fell to the Oakland A’s in 7 games, after a few more lean years the Mets would finally take back New York in the early 80s culminating in their 2nd World Series in 1986 despite losing the first two games at home, they would go on to win the Series 4-3!
New York wouldn’t return to the World Series until 2000, where they would face crosstown rival New York Yankees in the first Subway Series since 1956, sadly they would fall 4 games to 1!
It would be a further 15 years before the Mets would win another Pennant, but lost the 2015 World Series to Kansas City!
The 2019 New York Mets are lead by second year Manager Mickey Callaway, after last seasons fast 11-1 start followed by a historiclay bad May and June, when Mickey’s Mets just couldnt hit water if they fell off a boat, the team stabilised to post the best record in the NL East from July 1st, giving Mets fans a lot of reasons to be optimistic about 2019.
The Mets rotation is lead by Noah Syndergaard and 2018 Cy Young Award Winner Jacob DeGrom, and with recent additions like Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz will once again have us all believing the team can Make a run at the postseason in 2019
With the 2019 season being a watershed season for Major League Baseball in the United Kingdom with the London Series in June, we wanted to give every opportunity for new fans to baseball a chance to “Meet the Mets”.
So in the run up to Opening Day 2019 we will be doing a series of player profiles in a effort for introduce current fans and new fans to the 2019 New York Mets.
Citi Field is a baseball park located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens. Completed in 2009, it is the home field of the New York Mets of the National League division of Major League Baseball. The stadium was built as a replacement for and adjacent to Shea Stadium, which opened in 1964 next to the site of the 1964 New York World's Fair.
Citi Field was designed by Populous (then HOK Sport), and is named after Citigroup, a New York financial services company which purchased the naming rights. The $850 million baseball park was funded with $615 million in public subsidies,including the sale of New York City municipal bonds which are to be repaid by the Mets plus interest. The payments will offset property taxes for the lifetime of the park.The Mets are receiving $20 million annually from Citibank in exchange for naming the stadium Citi Field.
The first game at Citi Field was on March 29, 2009, with a college baseball game between St. John's and Georgetown. The Mets played their first two games at the ballpark on April 3 and April 4, 2009 against the Boston Red Soxas charity exhibition games. The first regular season home game was played on April 13, 2009, against the San Diego Padres. Citi Field hosted the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, marking the second time the Mets have hosted the event (the first being in 1964, the inaugural season of Shea Stadium).
Shea Stadium (formally known as William A. Shea Municipal Stadium) was a stadium in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, New York City.Built as a multi-purpose stadium, it was the home park of Major League Baseball's New York Mets from 1964 to 2008, as well as the New York Jets football team from 1964 to 1983.
Shea Stadium was named in honor of William A. Shea, the man who was most responsible for bringing National League baseball back to New York. It was demolished in 2009 to create additional parking for the adjacent Citi Field, the current home of the Mets.