"You Gotta Believe!" in the New York Mets. With a team history that only New York City could provide, the Mets have come a long way since 1962.Click Here to Buy New York Mets Tickets
Their first roster was filled with fading stars from other franchises, including former greats Roger Craig, Al Jackson, Frank Thomas and Richie Ashburn. These baseballers were inarguably the best-loved sports figures in New York, but at this late stage in their careers they weren't very talented on the field. As a result, in the first few losing years of Mets history the team earned the apt nickname "loveable losers".
All that changed, however, in 1969 when the Mets' newly acquired top pitchers Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman fortified the bullpen and pitched a string of winning games that led the team all the way to the World Series. The Mets beat out the Atlanta Braves in that contest for their first World Series Pennant. Unfortunately, that winning spirit faded quickly and the Mets once again fell to the bottom of the league in the 1970s. The most notable personality of that decade was new coach Yogi Berra, whose quirky sayings earned him notoriety in the press.
Since then, the Mets have faced an emotional rollercoaster with great years (winning another World Series in 1986) and terrible years (stars Darryl Strawberry suffered from a string of personal problems that impacted his game) leading up to today. The Mets now fall somewhere in the middle of the National League, each year hoping to make it once again to the World Series.