Mets say last season's historic collapse is now out of their sight
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- It was one of the worst collapses of all time -- not as bad as the Phillies in 1964, but it was close. It was supposed to be the year that the Mets avenged a painful loss to the Cardinals in Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series; instead, the Mets became the first team in history to not make the playoffs after having a seven-game lead with 17 games to play.Under the bright, hot Florida sun recently, Mets general manager Omar Minaya was asked how long it took him to get past the crushing end of the 2007 season. He paused and said, "Me? As competitive as I am, I never get past those things -- I'm still not over losing to the Cardinals two years ago. Competitive people don't get past tough losses. I don't think about it, but I still remember basketball games we lost in high school, and I'm still ticked off.''
As much as it hurts, as bitter as it is, I hope it was in the back of everyone's mind in the offseason. But now it's time to put all of that behind us.
--Third baseman David Wright, on the Mets' historic collapse last September