For Mets fans, Oct. 19, 2006, is a date which will live in infamy... The place: Shea Stadium. The scene: Bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth of Game Seven of the NLCS. The moment: Carlos Beltran watched a curveball from Adam Wainwright cross the plate for strike three. Game over. The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets and advance to the World Series.
Mets fans do not need to wait until October to recall this grim slice of team history. The nugget can be found amongst the 365 days of trivia and facts stuffed into the 2010 team calendar.
An inordinate number of questions focus on the team's ineptitude and paucity of standard bearers. No Mets players, we learn, ever hit three home runs in a game at Shea Stadium, but three visiting players did. Only one Mets player has ever been most valuable player in the All-Star Game. And so on.
The word "only" is used liberally, as in "only" one Mets second baseman has won a Gold Glove award. Anthony Young's 27-game losing streak gets fair treatment.
Oh, to be a Mets fan...