The Mets have made three postseason trips in the time the Braves have made 14. They lost to the Yankees in the World Series in 2000, and failed to reach the Fall Classic last year despite being favorites in the NL—and despite being tied or ahead after six innings in two losses against the Cardinals in the NLCS. That's as much of a choke job as anything the Braves did (save the 1996 World Series, which I will not speak of).
All that said, this was the year the Mets were going to get over the hump. The same core group was back—and even hungrier—and a healthy Pedro Martinez returned for the stretch run. But what the Mets pulled this September was the mother of all choke jobs.
With a seven-game NL East lead on September 12th, the Mets were right where they expected to be. Then a funny thing happened—the Mets suffered possibly the worst collapse in baseball history. Their lead dwindled to a single game before growing to 2.5 with one week to go—and then, facing the bottom-feeders of their division, New York lost six of seven to close the season. The Mets made 10 errors over two games at one point, and allowed nine or more runs in three straight games.
Instead of getting ready for the playoffs as the NL favorites, the Mets are headed home. No, the Braves aren't in the postseason either—but do you think that ever stopped Mets fans from firing on Braves fans? To their credit, the Braves do have a World Series title, and they won't be known for the biggest regular-season collapse in baseball history. That distinction belongs to the Mets. Amazin', aren't they?