Here's what was happening in the world the last time the Mets won 11 games in a row
With the victory, New York extended its winning streak to 11 in a row. So, when was the last time the boys from Queens won that many consecutive games? 1990. 25 years ago. Just for fun, let's go back and see what the world was up to back then.
No. 1 Song - Phil Collins, Another Day in Paradise
Phil didn't end up winning Record of the Year (that honor went to Bette Midler), but his song did top the Billboard charts in 1990. And we'd like to believe that Doc, Howard Johnson and the Mets listened to it before every game during their win streak.
Best Picture - Dances with Wolves
Kevin Costner, who's no stranger to baseball, starred in this Civil War drama that ended up winning big at the Academy Awards. And the highest-grossing film? What do you think it was, ya filthy animals?
Television Debuts - The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Twins Peaks, Law & Order and Beverley Hills 90210 also made their first appearances on our fatbacked, bunny-eared TV sets this year. But Will Smith officially kicking off his world takeover and Nickelodeon's "Are You Afraid of the Dark" have to top the list. Remember AYAD's (I just made up that acronym, that's not a real acronym) intro? Horror TV before its time:
Ripped jeans, snapback baseball hats and matching breakaway sweatsuits were all pretty kewl. Oh, and some people wore parachute pants, because, you know ...
And Emma Watson (Hermione Granger):
The Mets' Kevin Plawecki and Wilmer Flores were not born yet, while relievers Sean Gilmartin and Hansel Robles both entered the world this year. Bartolo Colon turned 13 and would be signed by the Indians three years later.
Other random facts
- The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit
- South Africa freed Nelson Mendela from prison after 27 1/2 years
- East and West Germany are reunited
- These were our computers:
- Since 1990, 34 new countries have been created including Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia
And the Mets? They finished 91-71, good for second in the NL East. Howard Johnson, Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds led the offense, while David Cone, Frank Viola and Dwight Gooden headed up the starting rotation. Unfortunately, there was no Wild Card and that .562 winning percentage still left them four games behind the Pirates. It's still early, but if the Mets keep up their winning ways AKA never lose again, they shouldn't have that problem this season.