The story of the ’80s Mets and their remarkable rise to the pinnacle of sports and entertainment was never more fitting than when they won the National League pennant in 1987.
They were an overnight sensation, making the playoffs in five of the six seasons.
The team was built on the foundations of success: a new ballpark and a new stadium in Camden Yards, and they also introduced new equipment, like a retractable roof.
The stadium’s capacity was 4,000.
The Mets went to the World Series in 1988 and 1989, winning a franchise-record 23 games in the regular season, then winning three in the playoffs.
They had a banner year with the 1994 season, the year in which the Mets won the World Cup.
But when the team was hit with a major-league strike in 1995, the team went into voluntary bankruptcy, and the franchise became the biggest franchise in baseball.
It was a hard time.
And it’s still hard.
But here’s the thing: They were great, and it was the first time in baseball history a team had won more than 50 games and made the playoffs during the same season.
They went to three consecutive World Series.
They won two of the three titles, in 2001 and 2004, and also had two of their best seasons.
And they were the first team to play a 162-game season, and only one team to do it in three consecutive seasons.
That’s just incredible.
And, of course, it was a team that, even though it wasn’t quite ready for the post-Olympic era, won the pennant for the first and only time in franchise history.
That was a good thing.
It showed that, for once, it wasn`t all about the playoffs, that the franchise was a winning franchise, and that they could compete with any team in baseball and win the World Championship.
But it was also the first franchise in a generation to go into voluntary voluntary bankruptcy.
That, and their continued success at the time, helped to make the team a huge, lucrative investment for the city and city government.
And when it came time to pay the bills and take care of the team, the city did a good job of taking care of them.
They hired the city`s first black mayor, Anthony F. Gray, who was a former baseball commissioner, to run the team.
He made a lot of good decisions.
He put the city in the position to succeed.
And then he put the team on the right track.
And the team became the city’s cornerstone.
And what he did in the 1980s was put the franchise in the best possible position to compete with the likes of the Boston Red Sox, who were in the midst of an unprecedented run in their run to the playoffs that year.
They also had an owner who was very much a fan, a sports fan.
And he wanted to make sure the franchise continued to be successful, and he brought in Joe Torre to be the team`s owner.
He brought in the city into the process.
But Torre`s focus was not solely on the team; he was focused on the city.
He took care of everybody.
The city` s contribution to the success of the Mets was enormous.
When the city won its first World Series title, he was in the room with the owners of the Red Sox.
And his focus was to make a deal that would make it a competitive baseball team.
And I think he got a lot done.
But he was also a good baseball man.
I know I was.
I knew Joe Torres well, because he worked with Joe Torrez in Boston.
And Torrez was a very smart guy, and Joe Torrent was a wonderful person, and I got to know Joe Torrres well.
But I also know that he made a big commitment to the city, because, frankly, it`s a very difficult place to be in.
And there`s lots of money to be made in this city, and to be honest, it took a lot to get there.
And you know, it takes a lot.
And that`s the city that had a lot invested in this team, but he had to get out of the way.
And after a lot, the people that made the investment and gave it to him, and really built the city up and gave us the opportunity to win, Joe Torrenas legacy was really a good one.
And if you talk to the people who knew him, he really had a wonderful time.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, and loved to take trips to New York.
And to me, he always felt like he had a home.
And we were blessed to be part of his family.
And so we`re proud of Joe Torretas legacy, and we`ll keep it that way.
But what happened over the next 20 years was that he left a lot behind him