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42 Things That Happened Since The New York Mets Won The World Series

It’s hard to fathom the notion that the Amazin’ Mets last won a World Series back in 1986. Since then, the Toronto Blue Jays and Florida (now Miami) Marlins have each it won twice, the SF Giants and Boston Red Sox have won it three times and the Yankees have won five titles. The old Shea Stadium is gone and Citi Field has risen from its parking lots. It was, simply put, an entire generation ago. And while lots of those fans have since died, even more have been born since. Turns out, a ton of stuff has happened.

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1. He ran.

It both feels like a lifetime ago and just yesterday at the same time, but OJ's infamous car chase came eight years after the Mets won it all.

2. She ran.

This is really Hillary's fourth presidential campaign, but only her second as the candidate.

3. They ran.

Somehow, there have been three (3) Hunger Games books and 11 Hunger Games films in the past 10 years.

4. "Saved By The Bell" aired 126 episodes.

Starting with those first "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," continuing through the College Years and culminating in the big wedding**, the foundation of American pop culture came and went since the Mets last danced like this.

(**If you're looking to add in the total number of episodes from The New Class seasons, well I don't want to know you.)

5. "Freaks and Geeks" aired 18 episodes.

From the winter of 1999 to the spring of 2000, this show defined what television could have been and what movies would become.

6. We invaded Iraq... and never left.

Back in 1991, the first President Bush authorized a U.S-led coalition invasion of Iraq in retaliation after its invasion of Kuwait. 24 years later, U.S. troops are still in Iraq fighting God-knows-who anymore.

7. We invaded Afghanistan... and never left.

Well, we tried to, but that didn't really work out so well for anyone.

Well, we tried to, but that didn't really work out so well for anyone.

8. They invaded the right side of equality... and never left.

This is much more fabulous than the last two invasions.

9. Mike Tyson went crazy.

Boxer Mike Tyson became heavyweight champion in 1986, dominated the scene for six years, allegedly raped a woman, went to jail, was released, bit Evander Holyfield's ear, adopted pigeons, got strange facial tattoos, co-starred in the first Hangover movie and starred in a compelling one-man theater show. And yes, he also titled one of the greatest video games of all-time.

Boxer Mike Tyson became heavyweight champion in 1986, dominated the scene for six years, allegedly raped a woman, went to jail, was released, bit Evander Holyfield's ear, adopted pigeons, got strange facial tattoos, co-starred in the first Hangover movie and starred in a compelling one-man theater show. And yes, he also titled one of the greatest video games of all-time.

10. Tom Cruise went crazy.

Not pictured: Him jumping on a couch or talking about Xenu.

11. MTV went crazy.

Apparently they forgot what the M and V stood for somewhere around 1993.

Quick, what's the last music video you can remember?

12. Paul Rudd refused to grow up.

Actor Paul Rudd was was in Clueless 20 years ago, playing stepbrother (and ultimately love interest) Josh to Alicia Silverstone's Cher. He was 27 years old at the time, and might just still be 27 years old now.

13. Betty White refused to grow up.

Golden Girls went off the air for good back in 1992, but she's still going strong...

14. We met The Simpsons.

15. We met the Bluths.

16. We met the Jonases.

17. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" came and went.

Hard to believe that Oprah's show debuted in 1986 and ran until 2011. In that time, she amassed an estimated eleventy trillion dollars. Unfortunately, no one has seen her since.

18. And, fortunately, so did Paris Hilton

19. We've had 7 United States Speakers of the House of Representatives

...going on eight.

20. There have been 2 Bushes and 1 Clinton.

21. And he definitely DID have sexual relations with that woman

22. We Laughed.

23. We Cried.

24. I finally lost my virginity

Sure, it was bound to happen. But as a nerdy kid back in 1986, I can honestly tell you that there was a good chance it was never going to happen for me.

25. And actually now have kids of my own

My children live in a world where the Mets have never won a playoff game.

26. We Witnessed the Dawn of Reality Television

God help us all.

27. And the downfall of modern civilization.

It's pretty remarkable that the Kardashians have been in our lives for eight years, since Kim's tape first came out in 2007.

28. Keith Hernandez went from All-Star to Superstar

Sure, the '86 Mets first baseman was an All-Star and an MVP, but his career really took off after a post-retirement appearance on Seinfeld in 1992.

29. Over 67,000 regular season MLB games have been played

And it would be even more, but the 1994 season ended two months early...

30. There have been 105 no-hitters in baseball

And only one by a member of the New York Mets.

31. Including one by a guy with only one hand

Jim Abbott didn't have a right hand. He no-hit the Cleveland Indians in 1993.

32. Barry Bonds hit 746 Home Runs

...and his hat size went from 7.5 to 16.

33. The Minnesota Twins executed TWO triple plays in one game

The 1990 Twins are the only team in the history of baseball to accomplish this... and of course, they lost the game (July 17th, 1990). The Red Sox hit into two triple plays (one in the fourth, one in the eighth) but still beat the Twins, 1-0.

34. The Red Sox and White Sox each broke a decades-long curse

35. The Cubs have been able to keep their curse alive

#Bartman

36. The Mets have had 10 different managers.

Guess how many have a winning record?

Guess how many have a winning record?

37. A total of 19 current New York Mets players were born

Since the Mets last won it all, Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, Juan Lagares, Dilson Herrera, Kevin Plawecki, Jeurys Familia, Eric Campbell, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Logan Verrett, Sean Gilmartin, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom and Erik Goeddel were born. Jon Niese was actually born on the same day as Game 7 of the World Series, but a few hours earlier.

38. The Mets lost 2,312 times

And yes, this includes 19 postseason games.

And yes, this includes 19 postseason games.

39. The Mets also lost a World Series

If you're like most Mets fans, you actually block this memory out completely. But, yes, the Mets did have a great two-year run in 1999 and 2000, losing to the Braves in the '99 NLCS and the Yankees in the '00 World Series.

40. A ton of FORMER Mets went elsewhere and won a World Series

Including Darryl Strawberry (1996 and 99 Yankees), David Cone (5x - with '92 TOR and four with the Yankees, Angel Pagan (2012, 2014 Giants), Jason Isringhausen (2006 Cardinals), Carl Everett (2005 Chicago White Sox), Pedro Astacio (2004 Red Sox), Lenny Harris (2003 Florida Marlins), Alex Ochoa (2002 Anaheim), Randy Myers (1990 Reds), Danny Heep (1988 Dodgers) and Bobby Bonilla (1997 Marlins).

Including Darryl Strawberry (1996 and 99 Yankees), David Cone (5x - with '92 TOR and four with the Yankees, Angel Pagan (2012, 2014 Giants), Jason Isringhausen (2006 Cardinals), Carl Everett (2005 Chicago White Sox), Pedro Astacio (2004 Red Sox), Lenny Harris (2003 Florida Marlins), Alex Ochoa (2002 Anaheim), Randy Myers (1990 Reds), Danny Heep (1988 Dodgers) and Bobby Bonilla (1997 Marlins).

41. We Said...

R.I.P. 2008.

R.I.P. 2008.

42. And saddest of all... 15 other Major League teams won it all.

Including a few that won it more than once.

And One Thing That Never Happened

Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen! It's not going to happen!

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