2012 marks the Mets' 50th Anniversary. With this being said, now is a good time to look back on the good, bad and ugly moments of Mets' history.
The 1960s Mets were very unsuccessful for the most part until 1969; they shocked the world by winning the World Series against the Orioles. In the 1970s, the Mets won one pennant, but most of those years were marred by poor trades and bad general decision making.
The 1980s then became by far the best decade in Mets' history. They did not do particularly well from 1980-1983, but beginning in 1984, the Mets won over 85 games in each season for the rest of the decade. Although most of those seasons ended with the Mets finishing in a close second place in the NL East, they did win the NL East in 1988 and won their second World Series championship in 1986.
As the 1990s approached, this decade became a roller coaster for the Mets.
After another successful season in 1990, the Mets went on a downward spiral from 1991-1993. The Mets then began to turn the corner in 1994, but the results did not show until 1997 when the Mets won 88 games despite a third place finish. The 1998 team finished one game shy of a postseason berth, but the 1999 team won the NL Wild Card and reached the NLCS.
In the 2000s, the Mets began the decade by winning another NL Wild Card, but this time, they got to the World Series before losing to the Yankees. The next four seasons from 2001-2004 were all inconsistent due to underachieving teams in all four years, not to mention a very chaotic front office.
2005 was a relatively successful rebuilding season, and in 2006, the Mets won the NL East and were extremely close to reaching the World Series. That would be the last legitimately successful season for the Mets.
While the 2007 and 2008 teams both endured unique epic collapses that wiped out assumed postseason berths, the 2009-2011 teams were marred with injuries, bad contracts and a difficult adjustment to a new stadium in Citi Field, which debuted in 2009.
This leads up to the upcoming 2012 season, which many predict will not go particularly well for the Mets despite some of the young talent the team now has.
Regardless, the 2012 season will be memorable as the franchise celebrates its 51st season with a tribute to the previous 50 seasons. Hopefully, there will be a lot of events this year dedicated to praising past Mets' legends from 1962 through today.
This is a good time to predict 50 potential events that could (and hopefully will) occur within the next 50 years before the Mets' 100th anniversary. In no particular order, here are 50 predictions for the next 50 years of Mets' history.