The Mets are about to appear in their fifth World Series. For all of the losing the team has endured over the years, it is a significant number that puts the Mets among the elite of baseball. Since divisional play began in 1969 (a fair place to start), here are the World Series appearances for each team:
The Mets appearances have been pretty much evenly scattered throughout the past 46 years, as opposed to say, the Giants, who had three appearances over the past six seasons. Or the Red Sox, with three of their five appearances since 2004. As far as the other teams tied with the Mets, the Orioles and Reds had their heydays in the 1970s, and the Braves were darlings of the 1990s who have not appeared in the Fall Classic this century. The Dodgers last appeared in 1988 and the Phillies just suck.
So maybe us Mets fans shouldn’t complain so much. The Mets have not been able to consistently sustain excellence, but we’ve fared better than most other teams in baseball.