Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fans Reflect on the Journey, Not One Series

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fans Reflect on the Journey, Not One Series

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NEW YORK -- "Magical." "Unreal." "A miracle."

That was how Mets fans described the team's unexpected push to baseball's biggest stage as they waited outside Citi Field for Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night.

Despite their team being on the brink of elimination, fans said they couldn't help but feel gratified. With a season that has played out like this one, pessimism -- even in the face of a 3-1 deficit to the Kansas City Royals in the best-of-seven series -- was not an option. Win or loss on Sunday, Mets fans said, the 2015 season has been simply amazin'.

"It's been like a movie," John Scalia III, of Staten Island, said as he anxiously awaited entry into the ballpark. "Every player has exceeded expectations -- there have been so many ups and downs. Regardless of the outcome of tonight's game I'm excited for this team moving forward."

As hundreds of orange-and-blue-clad fans lined up for the last home game of the Mets' storybook season, it was hard not to think back on the wild ride that got them there, they said.

A sizzling 11-game winning streak in April gave fans a glimmer of what was to come, but then a floundering midseason tempered expectations -- a typical Mets fan experience, they said.

As September and the trade deadline approached, drama upped the ante. The Wilmer Flores non-trade unfolded before their eyes, and his dramatic game-winning home run just days later became a signature moment of the season.

But with the additions of Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe, Tyler Clippard and others to the team, expectations soared, fans said, and they could feel something beginning to happen. …

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