ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — As Mets fans know very well, the team has not won the World Series in nearly 30 years.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, times have definitely changed since their big victory in 1986.
New York looked a little different back then and it’s been a long climb back up to the top.
Many of the Mets fans watching Monday night’s game at Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre, Long Island don’t even remember the last time the Mets won.
“I was one year old, so it’s pretty exciting for us to get a chance to experience this,” Charlie Oliver said.
“That was probably one of the earliest memories I have with my dad watching the World Series at his house,” Brian Henry added.
Some of the Mets players — Jacob de Grom, Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz — weren’t even born in 1986.
“Coming so close in ’85, in ’86 our only goal was to win a World Series and to have been able to accomplish that, and to do it in New York, in front of our fans was a dream come true,” former Mets pitcher Doc Gooden said.
Back in ’86, the cost of a first class stamp was $0.22 compared to $0.49 now, a gallon of gas was $0.93 versus $2.35 today, a dozen eggs, was $0.87 back then and is now $4.34. If you went to a World Series game in ’86 you may have paid around $40. This year the going rate for a standing room only ticket at Citi Field costs upwards of $600 on ticketing websites.
And of course back then, the Mets played at Shea Stadium.
“I’m cautiously optimistic and I’m excited, but I know anything can happen,” Oliver said.
“It’s hard to watch them sometimes, but it’s a beautiful thing when they win,” Tony Miles said.
Now, a year shy of three decades later, Mets fans are hopeful again.