2015 Mets were the 2014 Rangers

Watching the way it ended up, I couldn’t help but feel this way. The parallels were haunting. The Mets were the Rangers. Seeing the excruciating ways in which the 2015 Mets lost to the Royals in the World Series was all too familiar.

It was an identical script for the 2014 Rangers who lost in an identical amount of games. Five to the Kings for the Stanley Cup. Let’s count the ways.

The Mets led in every game. The Rangers led in four of five. Both teams blew leads losing in epic fashion. The Amazin’s lost twice in extra innings. The Rangers lost three times in overtime. Both dropped excruciating Game 1’s in extras. Each also lost Game 5 in sudden death.

Basically, it was unheralded Christian Colon playing the role of Alec Martinez crushing New York hearts. The only difference is baseball can be unforgiving. The Mets bullpen imploded giving up five runs. In hockey, it’s equally as painful with OT winners destroying your soul.

The Mets had the best starters in the series. The Rangers had the best goalie. In each case, they lost to better teams. Both the Royals and Kings were relentless. Don’t forget LA beat the Blackhawks in sudden death too in enemy territory. KC rallied from a huge deficit to stun Houston. They also beat the Jays in similar fashion.

Championship teams have that killer instinct. In each case, the Royals and Kings wouldn’t be denied. It came at the expense of beloved New York franchises that are going through droughts. The Rangers are up to 21 years while the Mets are now 29 years and counting.

If you didn’t hurt for Daniel Murphy, Terry Collins and Matt Harvey, then you should stop being a fan. Sports can be cruel. To all the diehard Mets fans including resident Devil blogger Hasan, congrats on an Amazin’ season. Be proud. Hopefully, they’ll learn from it and bring a third World Championship back to Queens.

The last parallel was Henrik Lundqvist, who supported buddy Harvey. Harvey is a frequent visitor at MSG to support his Rangers. Lundqvist repaid the favor going to Citi Field to lend support to his friend. Maybe they’re really Queens instead of Kings. Or more appropriately, the Kings of Queens. Poor Kevin James.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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