Monday, September 27, 2010

The Mets Losing Ways Now Solved. It's The Curse!

Since 1986 we have watched this Mets organization be bridesmaids as well as embarrassments. More the embarrassment than the bridesmaid.

Through great research and sparing no expense, we here at 24 Hours...have finally solved the Mets woes; why we are the laughingstock of not only NY, but baseball.

First a little history: In 1986 the Mets were dominant. They won 108 games while losing only 54. The won the NL East by 21 1/2 games over the now dreaded Phillies.

They won a thrilling six game NLCS against a strong, never say die, Houston Astro team led
by manager Hal Lanier.

Then came the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Again, the Mets won in thrilling
fashion, coming back from three runs down in the bottom of the 10th to win game 6, thus propelling them for a game 7 victory over the Sawx.

In 1987 the Mets finished behind a quick St. Louis Cardinal team, who lost to the Twins in the World Series.

In 1988 the Mets won the division again by 15 games over the Pittsburgh Pirates, only to
lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. A Dodger team the Mets dominated during the season.

From then on, it's been downhill. There have been flashes of championship caliber
teamwork, such as 1999, 2000, and 2006 - but have continued to frustrate us and break out hearts.

The cause? Simple. It' the curse. The Curse Of Ed Hearn.

Ed Hearn was Gary Carter's solid back-up catcher in 1986. Hearn hit .265 with 4 HR's and 10 RBI in 49 games. He had a .987 fielding percentage in 34 games started behind the plate.

After the 1986 Championship season, the Mets traded the 25 year old Hearn for a young stud
pitcher with the KC Royals, David Cone.

Cone pitched well for the Mets, who arguably could have been the Cy Young winner in 1988. Cone also
opened his big mouth, where his comments became fodder for the Dodger bulletin board.

After beating the Dodgers in game 1 of the 1988 NLCS, Cone called Dodger reliever Jay
Howell "a high school pitcher."

The Dodgers used these unsavory comments to fuel their fire, which led them to the 1988
World Series Championship.

The Curse? Ed Hearn would never had made such comments, but his replacement on the Mets
squad, after a great year, caused the 1988 Mets demise. Ed Hearn didn't.

Hearn ran into difficulties in KC, where he played two years with the Royals before
retiring due to injuries. As we posted here, Hearn has always been a class act, and has raised a lot of money for FSGS and kidney disease.

After Hearn left, the Mets lost whatever class they might have had: they made such bad
moves as signing Vince "Firecracker" Coleman, Bobby "Not My Error" Bonilla, and Bret "Bleach" Saberhagen. Not Ed Hearn. He didn't do these sort of things.

Ed Hearn with the 1986 Mets - they could have curled up and died against Houston, but
didn't. They could have curled up and died after being down 3-2 in the Series against Boston, but didn't.

What did they do in 2006? They curled up and died against an inferior Cardinal team.

2007: They collapsed with a seven game lead with 17 left to play because they couldn't beat
Philadelphia, Washington, or Florida.

2008: See 2007.

The Mets didn't collapse while Ed Hearn was in their employ.

Is it possible to reverse the curse? Absolutely. The Mets should hire Hearn to be either
GM or Manager...or both. Maybe he should be head scout too.

Ed Hearn was the glue that held the '86 Mets together. Since he was jettisoned out before
the '87 season, the Mets fell apart. They never fell apart with Hearn, but have built a history falling apart without him.

After all these years, the cause of the Mets failures have been realized.It is the Curse
Of Ed Hearn.

Baseball Almanac, Baseball Reference, and Can't Stop The Bleeding

*** Before people start getting upset and calling for my head, this is all in jest, and I
have the world of respect for Ed Hearn and his fight against Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). ***


Anonymous said...

You know why you have a job writing for Yardbarker? The curse of Edger Allen Poe.....HE DIED!!! WTF????

Ward said...

Funny! I enjoyed finding this! BUT, is it true? You be the judge...
I signed with the Mets organization during the winter of 1982. What followed was four of the best years of my life...and 4 years of championships:
-1983 Lynchburg Mets A Carolina League Champions
-1984 Jackson Mets AA Texas League Champions
-1985 Tidewater Tides AAA International Legue Champions
-1986 NY Mets World Seies Champions

-1987 to Kansas City

Now u know...the rest of the story.
The Curse

Kerry A. Hrabstock said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Sam Perlozzo the manager of all of Ed's minor league championship teams? And wasn't Sam unceremoniously fired by the Mets in the late '80s? He could be responsible for all of this too. I'm just sayin'.....