Much is being made of the (almost) 20 years which have passed between the 1986 World Series and present days. As the Mets make the shuttle trip to Boston, we pause for a moment to think of some of the life-changing events that have happened since these two teams locked horns in historic and dramatic fashion way back when.
- I wear a Mets hat for a week following most painful gag in sports history after losing bet to freshman roommate, a Mets diehard
- Freshman roommate somehow survives three more years of college in same dorm room despite my residual anger
- Red Sox go to 8 playoff series, Mets to 3
- Sox win one World Championship, Mets none
- Roger Clemens throws ball past 20 players in one game in final season with Sox
- Roger Clemens throws bat past Mike Piazza in final playoff appearance against Mets
- Red Sox beat Yankees in playoffs in heroic, come-from-behind fashion, never giving up despite immense odds. Mets fold to Yankees like cheap lawn chair
- Red Sox trade Heathcliff Slocumb for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek
- Mets trade Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano
- A certain Dominican gives Sox fans something to stand and cheer for every fifth day
- A certain Dominican gives Mets fans something to stand and cheer for every fifth day
Here's hoping for a great series, a little bit of catharsis, and an extended, exuberant, wholly deserved standing ovation for the greatest pitcher I have ever seen, Mr. Pedro Martinez.