Countdown to Opening Day: 1
March 31st, 2011 by slangon

One more day. Until. Baseball. The starting pitcher for the 1986 New York Mets – The Doctor, Dwight Gooden. Coming off of a Rookie of the Year Award in 1984 followed by a Cy Young Award in 1985, Gooden had another good year in ’86, although after the previous 2 years his numbers were actually […]

Countdown to Opening Day: 2
March 30th, 2011 by slangon

2 more. I can’t hardly take it. Doning the tools of ignorance for the 1986 New York Mets is Hall of Famer Gary Edmund Carter. The 1986 season was the Kid’s 2nd year in Queens and he certainly lived up to any expectations Mets fans had when the team traded for him. He hit .255 […]

Countdown to Opening Day: 3
March 29th, 2011 by slangon

Three more days. The torture. The starting first baseman for the 1986 Mets, position #3 on your scorecard, my favorite all-time baseball player, Keith Hernandez. Not surprisingly, Mex had a lot to do with the Mets winning it all in 1986. Obviously, he had yet another stellar year defensively, winning his 8th consecutive Gold Glove. […]

Countdown to Opening Day: 4
March 28th, 2011 by slangon

4 Days. The starting second sacker for the 1986 Mets, position #4 on your scorecard, was former Mets managerial hopeful, Wally Backman. Davey Johnson was apparently a big fan of the platoon, and 2nd base was another of those positions that he regularly switched out players. Backman started 92 games at second in 1986. He […]

Countdown to Opening Day: 5
March 27th, 2011 by slangon

5 more days until baseball. Glorious baseball. Or at least the Mets version of baseball. Starting at third for the 1986 Mets, position #5 on your scorecard, was Ray Knight. I always kind of forget that 1986 was close to the end of the road for Ray Knight. I guess because I didn’t pay much […]

Countdown to Opening Day: 6
March 26th, 2011 by slangon

Half a dozen more days. Starting at short stop for the ’86 squad, position #6 on your scorecard, was Rafael Santana. There seemed to be a lot of platooning on the 1986 Mets team, and short stop was one of the positions where that happened. Santana got the Opening Day start, though. Judging by his […]

Countdown to Opening Day: 7
March 25th, 2011 by slangon

7 more days until the season is officially underway. Starting in left field for the ’86 squad, position #7 on your scorecard, was George Foster. Although Foster was the Opening Day left fielder in 1986, he started less than half the games for the Mets who released him in August. Being that ’86 was the […]

Countdown to Opening Day: 8
March 24th, 2011 by slangon

8 days to go. Starting in center field for the ’86 squad, position #8 on your scorecard, was The Dude. Although he was still splitting time with Mookie Wilson in center, Nails played the lions share of games at that position in 1986, and did so admirably, posting only 3 errors for a .990 fielding […]

Countdown to Opening Day: 9
March 23rd, 2011 by slangon

Opening Day is almost upon us, and I for one cannot wait. Whether the Mets are actually good this season, or stink it up (more likely), I’m just jazzed to start watching some live baseball that doesn’t involve guys wearing numbers like 93. This year also happens to be the 25th Anniversary of the 1986 […]

Happy Opening Day
April 5th, 2010 by slangon

So it’s finally here. I guess technically yesterday was the season opener, but really who cares about the defending world champs playing against their bitter rivals at one of the oldest ballparks in the country. SNORE! Right now as I type this, we’re looking at roughly 3 hours until Johan Santana throws the first pitch […]