I have two scars on my body, one just below my elbow and the other at the small of my back.

When I was about 10 years old I was hanging out at a local playground and fell back into a sandpit, landing on my elbows. Little did I know there was a broken bottle hidden just under the surface of the sand. The jagged piece of glass pierced my arm.

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Last Wednesday, after the New York Mets second blowout loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Terry Collins assured everyone, “there’s no panic here, believe me. Not in the clubhouse. Not anyplace else.” Collins told Adam Rubin at ESPN New York there was no need for a team meeting  … players will start tuning them out. 

“They know what’s going on,” said Collins.

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Mets game and Keith Hernandez repeated his story about Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

If you’re not familiar with the tale, here is how the New York Times reported it 30 years ago:

Hernandez had just made what seemed so certain to be the next-to-last out of the game, the World Series and the Met season. The Mets were trailing the Red Sox by two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning, and after Hernandez flied out to center field with no one on base, he took a long, slow walk to the dugout and kept going.

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The New York Mets finished the 1989 season in second place. Six weeks into the 1990 season Davey Johnson was fired. He won 1,012 games as manager of the Mets, one World Series and two division titles. Johnson’s teams won an average of 95 games from 1984-1990. But, amidst all those wins, history defines the Mets as a disappointment.

As it turns out, 1986 was not the rule, but the exception for the Mets; 108 regular season wins followed by the epic 16-inning win over the Houston Astros in Game Six of the National League Championship Series and, ultimately, a World Series title (with a supporting cast of Bill Buckner and the baseball Gods). The Mets extreme success had fans and media talking about the “D” word.

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