Fan View: Five Great Mets Moments 1990 - 2011

In the 26 years since the New York Mets last won the World Series, there hasn't been many moments fans of the team could get excited about. Indeed, the number of good moments have been far outweighed by the moments that make us collectively shake our heads in shame. Such a situation is made worse by the number of great things the crosstown rival Yankees have accomplished in the same period.

Even though this is true, that isn't to suggest there haven't been any good moments for the Mets. If there were not at least a few smile-inducing days along the way, I wouldn't be excited for Spring Training to start. I wouldn't pull on a blue and orange hat each day or look forward to the moments when I get to board a Metro North train to Citi Field to cheer on the team in person.

These are five of the greatest moments in the last 25 years of the Metropolitans. These are the moments that made Mets fans stand up and cheer at the top of their lungs. These are the moments that gave Mets fans a sense of pride for supporting the team even though their friends and family mercilessly teased them for it.

Mike Piazza's home run after 9/11.

This moment stems from the darkest day in American history. When the Mets and Braves took to Shea Stadium as the first game in any sport played after the tragic events of that day, the night was filled with tributes to those who lost their lives. In the middle of a pennant race the Mets badly needed a victory but were down late in the game. Piazza slammed a ball over the centerfield wall and the fans went nuts.

Endy Chavez' catch in the 2006 NLCS.

Again at Shea Stadium and late in a tied game to decide who would go to the World Series. When Scott Rolen hit a ball to deep left field, many fans thought the game might be over. A few seconds later they erupted when Chavez made an incredible leaping catch over the wall to save the game, then had the presence of mind to throw the runner out at first base. For a great view from the stands, check this video out.

Robin Ventura's Grand Slam single.

In the 1999 NLCS against the rival Braves, the Mets badly needed a victory to force a Game Six. Amazingly, the game went 15 innings, taxing both bullpens. When Ventura came up in the bottom of the 15th with the bases loaded, he drilled a pitch over the fence. His teammates mobbed him just after he touched first, meaning he hit a single over the wall.

John Maine almost pitches a no-hitter in a clutch game.

In the midst of a late-season collapse, it came down to the final two games for the Mets. Needing a victory to stay in contention for the NL East title, John Maine took the mound against the Marlins. 7 2/3 innings later, he still hadn't given up a hit. The fans began to fantasize about him perhaps pitching the first no-hitter in team history. It didn't happen, but it was exciting.

Mets score five runs in the ninth on May 17th, 2007.

This victory might not be well remembered by most fans, but for those of us who were at Shea for that game, it is a moment that we'll never forget. When the Mets came up in the bottom of the ninth down 5-1, the chances of them winning seemed to be a long shot. As they began to score runs, victory became more likely. When Carlos Delgado laced a two run single to win the game, Shea Stadium bounced up and down with the exuberance of the fans it contained. Grown men, strangers, hugged as they cheered as loud as possible.

Allen Orien Avery is a lifelong baseball fan as well as a passionate supporter of the New York Mets. He is also a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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Updated Friday, Feb 17, 2012