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Mets will wear their 1986 uniforms a lot in 2016

YE  Sports Deaths 2012

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 1986, file photo, New York Mets’ Gary Carter celebrates his 12th inning game-winning hit against the Houston Astros in Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series in New York. The Hall of Fame catcher died on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. He was 58. (AP Photo/Lou Requenia, File)


The Mets had previously announced that they would be wearing 1986 throwback uniforms as part of the 30th anniversary of their last World Series win at various times this season. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports today, however, that they’ll actually be wearing those duds a lot, not just during the actual festivities honoring the 1986 club.

The 1986 club wore a 25th anniversary patch in honor of the club’s debut by the way. I wonder if the throwbacks will have it too and if it’ll still say 25 years or if it’ll be 55 years. This brings up “Inception-style” concerns and maybe creates some sort of time travel paradox situaish. It also brings up the question about whether this is really the 55th anniversary of the 1962 Mets because it’s their 55th season or whether it’s really the 54th because 1962 was 54 years ago. Anniversaries are the toughest things under the best of circumstances. When you have inclusive/exclusive counting procedures floating around and the specter of “annual” and such in the background, it just becomes complicated.

What I’m saying is, this is all dangerous.

Aesthetically? Well, I think it’s pretty OK. I think the Mets’ classic duds and their non-alternate uniforms now look the best, but 1986 is a justifiably huge year in the team’s history, their 1980s doubleknits were far less offensive than a lot of other teams’ and a huge number of fans identify with that look, so mazel tov.