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New York Mets' Top 10 Postseason Moments in History

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The New York Mets will finish the 2012 MLB season with a record below .500. As a result, they will miss the postseason for the sixth straight season.

Although the Mets have only made the postseason seven times in their history, they have provided fans with many memorable moments.

Here are the top 10 postseason moments in New York Mets history:

10. Endy Chavez's catch, Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS

Although the Mets ended up losing the game (and, thus, the series) to the St. Louis Cardinals in heartbreaking fashion, Endy Chavez's leaping grab to rob Scott Rolen of a home run was one of the best catches you will see. Had the Mets won the game, Chavez's catch would be higher on the list. This is also the only play on the list to have come in a defeat.

9. Sid Fernandez's relief performance, Game 7 of the 1986 World Series

Game 6 of the 1986 World Series obviously gets all the attention, but what people may forget is that the Boston Red Sox were up 3-0 in Game 7. Lefty Sid Fernandez pitched in relief for the Mets and threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings, which allowed the Mets to eventually tie the game. Without his performance, Boston may have won it all in 1986.

8. Todd Pratt's walkoff home run, Game 4 of the 1999 NLDS

One of the best things about the postseason is that anyone can come up big. Backup catcher Todd Pratt is an example of just that. His home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the Mets to the NLCS for the first time in 11 years.

7. Jesse Orosco, Game 7 of the 1986 World Series

Closer Jesse Orosco's glove-flip after a series-ending strikeout is one of the iconic images in Mets history. In all, Orosco had a great World Series as he pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in four games.

6. Ron Swoboda's catch, Game 4 of the 1969 World Series

Ron Swoboda's diving catch in the 1969 World Series is one of the greatest catches in MLB history, especially since it was by a player not known for his defense. Although a run scored on the play, Swoboda saved what could have been a triple. Had the Orioles won the game, they would have tied the series 2-2, and the Mets may have never won that first championship.

5. Tommie Agee's heroics, Game 3 of the 1969 World Series

Tommie Agee had a game for the ages in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series. Not only did he lead off the bottom of the first inning with a home run, but he also made two fantastic catches while on the run that helped preserve the Mets 5-0 win.

4. 16 innings against Houston Astros, Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS

In Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS, the Mets and the Houston Astros played in one of the greatest games in postseason history. The Mets trailed until they scored three runs in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. Each team traded a run in the 14th inning before the Mets outlasted the Astros in the 16th as they outscored Houston 3-2, with Jesse Orosco striking out Kevin Bass to end the game. Had the Mets lost, they would have faced series MVP Mike Scott in Game 7 and likely would not have made the World Series.

3. Robin Ventura's grand-slam single, Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS

The Atlanta Braves were the Mets' biggest foes in the late-1990s and early-2000s. Quite simply, both teams hated each other. With the game tied in the 15th inning, third baseman Robin Ventura hit a grand slam to send the series to a Game 6. Since he never reached second base while rounding the bases, his hit has always been known as the grand slam single. Although the Mets would lose the series, Ventura's hit will always be remembered by Mets fans.

2. The Miracle Mets, 1969

Before 1969, the Mets were a losing franchise. Led by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, the 1969 New York Mets went on an historic late-season run and finished with 100 wins. The Mets finished off their miracle season by winning the World Series against the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in five games. The 1969 Mets were simply amazing.

1. Game 6, 1986 World Series

Mookie Wilson's dribbler under first baseman Bill Buckner's glove is arguably the most infamous play in baseball history. Buckner should not get all of the blame, however, as the Mets scored three runs in that 10th inning to avoid elimination.

There you have it. Although the Mets have not provided the fans with anything truly amazing in recent years, Mets fans can always look back on these memories and remember what thrills this team from Queens has given them.

Sources:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/, http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/history/nym_history_greatestmoments.jsp

Michael Pellegrini has lived in New York his entire life and was born into a family full of huge Mets fans.

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