2008 was a rather monumental year for the New York Mets. Heading into the season, the Mets had a sense of urgency to redeem themselves following a disastrous ending to the 2007 season.
Along with that, 2008 would see the final season of baseball ever played at Shea Stadium. In this article, we will look at the top five moments in 2008 for the New York Mets.
For the better part of the first half of the season, Carlos Delgado's numbers were dreadful. It looked as if the once feared American League's slugger's career may have been over.
However, that all changed on June 17 against the New York Yankees.
During the game, Delgado mashed in a total of nine runs, which broke the previous club record of eight. For the rest of the season, Delgado regained his sweet stroke and performed well enough to gain MVP consideration.
Ironically, the 2008 season turned out to be Delgado's best as a Met to date as he hit .27 with 38 home runs and drove in 115 runs.
The Mets, plagued by injuries, let their playoff hopes slip away in the final weeks of September. Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Mets were in a fierce battle with the Milwaukee Brewers for the N.L. Wild Card.
Despite, heroic performance from Johan Santana on the previous day, the team fell to the Florida Marlins by a score of 4-2, effectively ending the 2008 campaign.
On June 17, 2008 Willie Randolph's tenure as the manager of the Mets came to a crushing end in the wee hours of the morning. The Mets' management took a great deal of criticism for the way they handled his dismissal.
In order to bolster a weak pitching staff, Mets GM, Omar Minaya, made a huge splash in the offseason by acquiring arguably one of the top three pitchers in all of baseball, Johan Santana.
While Santana unfortunately did not bring a championship to Flushing, he certainly kept the team in the thick of the playoff hunt up until the final game of the season.
On Sept. 28, 2008 the Mets not only said goodbye to their playoff hopes, but they also said goodbye to their home since 1964, Shea Stadium.
The stadium, which hosted many monumental games in Mets history, such as Game Six of the 1986 World Series, was later taken a part piece by piece, beginning in October.