|Retired numbers by the Mets at Citi Field (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|English: retired shea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Since the dreaded 2007 collapse of the New York Mets, the Miami Marlins have been in the midst of everything wrong with the Mets.
It was the Marlins who played the Mets for the final game of the year, both in 2007 and 2008, the ultimate spoiler.
The 2007 collapse will never be forgotten, the fans in the stadium were crying and screaming, this could not be happening to the team who made it to NLCS Game 7 less than a year before and who was so dominant for most of the season.
We were at the stadium for the final game in 2008 when once again, the Marlins celebrated at Shea Stadium, and it was the last game played there. The ceremony that followed was beyond emotional to begin with, but the fact that they lost a game that they HAD to win was a bitter pill to swallow.
There was much said in 2006 and 2007 about how the other teams in the NL resented the Mets and their confidence and the enthused antics of Jose Reyes, who ironically left the Mets after the 2011 season and signed with the Florida Marlins for one year.
In the last few years, the Marlins are out to beat the Mets, they bring their A+ game to every single game and series, they may well be the worst team in baseball, but they OWN the Mets as it stands now, and until the Mets figure out how to beat the Marlins, the bitterness of 2007 and 2008 will be a taste in fans mouths.