About Never Forget ’69
Never Forget 69 started out as a way for me to deal with my Mets anxiety. After all, this is a franchise that has confounded and frustrated its fan base for over 50 years. Yes, there have been some very memorable moments but unfortunately most seasons have been futile causing fans of the Mets much pain and anguish.
I started the original blog thinking it might help my general mental health by writing about the daily goings on of the team, really to help me cope with the mounting losses and provide a feeling of control over the situation. That was just prior to the 2006 season when astonishingly, the Mets ran away with the division.
I wrote an article the day after the Mets lost to the Cardinals in the NLCS back in 2006: “Expect the Mets to take a step back before they move forward.” I wrote because I felt too much went the Mets way that season. While the Mets steam rolled to a division title, the rest of the eastern division was not very good at all. Little did I realize then that the step back the Mets would take would be to fall off a cliff.
Much has happened since. The Mets moved into a new stadium, completely revamped the front office led by GM Sandy Alderson who methodically rebuilt the system from top to bottom. It took time, more time than most fans were willing to wait but here we are just completing two seasons that the Mets went to the playoffs back to back, and 2015, a National League pennant. Perhaps the Mets have created an organization that will finally achieve sustained success. We’ll see.
I call this site Never Forget ’69 because at the age of 13, I experienced the most wonderful baseball season of my life. That’s when the Mets went from perennial losers to World Champions in just their eighth season of existence. I thought every season thereafter would be the same. How young and naive I was.
Never the less, Let’s Go Mets!