Top Five Highlights of New York Mets 2012 Season
Highlights of the Mets 2012 Season
The New York Mets showed all the promise in the world at the beginning of the 2012 season, but just like every year since 2007, a second half collapse led to another disappointing finish of the season.
Finishing the season 4th in their division, 24 games back from 1st place, and 12 games under .500, the Mets left the fans feeling depleted. Injuries, disappointing contracts, a shaky bullpen, and a lack of bat presence plaqued the Mets all season long. Losing more often than not at Citi Field didn't help matters much either.
It seems as if Mets fans just wanted to get to the end of the season so they could regroup and begin the countdown to next season. When your team falls apart and isn't contending for the playoffs it's hard to remember why you love the game, but it's easy to remember the negatives.
But there were a lot of very special moments throughout this year, and those are the memories that Mets fans need to take away from this season. Records were broken, history was made, and fans went on a season long journey with a knuckleballer. Despite what's on paper, this 50th season proved to be very special for the Mets and their fans. Here are the top five highlights of this year.
April through July
Let's be honest, at the start of the season the Mets were expected to go nowhere. Okay, so they ultimately proved anyone who thought that to be correct, but during the first half of the season they took the baseball world by storm.
Heading into the All Star break the Mets were six games over .500, and fans were already beginning to buzz about the playoffs. Of course many spoke to soon as the post All Star run wouldn't be nearly as magical. But for that first half of the season the Mets were exciting to watch.
Mets Will Host the 2013 All Star Game Announcement
In May it was announced that Citi Field would be host to the 2013 All Star Game. Although the debate about World Series home field advantage surrounds the game itself, the three day event is quite special. To see all those players of that caliber stand on your home turf is simply amazing.
Citi Field had its problems when it first opened, including the fact that you couldn't tell which team played there, but they have really made it a great ball park, and it is exciting that it will be shown off to baseball fans everywhere.
David Wright Breaks the Franchise Hits Record
David Wright has been the undisputed face of the franchise, and he added to his Mets resume this year when he broke Ed Kranepool's record of hits. David's record breaking 1,419th hit was a dribbler down the third base line, and a debateable throwing error, but he still did it. Watching anyone chase a record then break it, no matter what the record is, is exciting.
Johan Santana Pitches the First No-Hitter in Mets History
It was 50 years in the making. But finally on June 1, a Mets pitcher threw a no-hitter. Johan Santana's no-no didn't come without controversy due to a botched call on a hit by Carlos Beltran which was ruled a foul ball. Nonetheless, it was a no-hitter. I know I won't forget exactly where I was when that last out was made, and I'm sure millions of others feel the same way.
R.A. Dickey reaches 20 Wins
While I'm sure many consider Johan's feat the greatest highlight of this year, I most definitely consider it to be R.A. Dickey's 20th win. Getting there, especially with the way the team was playing down the stretch, was quite the journey, not only for R.A., but for the fans. Everyone in baseball was rooting him on, because not only does he have an amazing story, but just listen to a few seconds of an interview and you can tell how truly appreciative and humble this man is. Watching Dickey become the first 20 game winner for the Mets in 22 years was definitely the highlight of my season.
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