3. September 15th- Mets complete a home stand by losing to the Nationals, their record on the home stand falls to 1-8. TC blows up after the game, saying the team had "folded it up". They looked like they had folded, and this conjured up many bad September memories.
2. May 11th- On a seemingly innocent night in Colorado, Davis and Wright collide, in what appeared to be innocuous fashion. The collision cost Ike Davis his season, and may have exacerbated an injury to DW, putting him on the shelf for 2 months. Mets did win the game, though.
1. August 7th- Mets lose to Braves, in what was billed as a series for wild card positioning. Mets lost 2 of 3, but lost Murphy for the year, and Reyes for 3 weeks. The team never recovered, and sank out of contention from there.
3. April 26th- Mets beat Nationals for their 6th in a row, moving to 11-13, after starting 5-13. At this early point of the season, hope was being restored. The Mets showed us that they had something, we were not sure what, but something.
2. July 3rd- Mets beat the Evil Empire in 10, after being down a run, with two outs and nobody on against Rivera in the bottom of the 9th. Jason Bay begins the tying rally with a walk, and ends the game with a bases-loaded single in the 10th. This evens their record at .500.
1. July 29th- Mets beat the Nationals, for their 5th in a row, all on the road. Mets go to 4 over .500, the high-water mark of the year. They also trail the Braves by 4 in the wild card race, and we start to ask ourselves, "Can they really do this"?
TC's option is picked up for 2013, good move, the team responded to him, and he's beginning to change the culture.
Most of the Picard suit against the Wilpons is thrown out in court. What could have been a billion-dollar hit is now projected as a worst-case 200 million-dollar hit. We are all asking ourselves how this impacts re-signing Reyes, and acquiring other players. Time will tell.
It's the end. It's sad on the one hand. On the other, this can't continue. They need to continue to change the culture, and strategically shed elements of the old. That is what the winter will be all about. I'll have plenty to say as it unfolds.