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Monday, September 18, 2006
New York Mets clinch the National League East championship! This is their first division title in 18 years. Of course they made it to the World Series in 2000, but that was courtesy of the "wild card" system that had to be introduced when both major leagues split into an odd number of divisions.

If the Mets make it to the World Series -- which would mean winning two sets of playoff series first -- then they are "scheduled" to win it. See, they won their first World Series, in 1969 (beating the highly-favored Baltimore Orioles). They lost their second, in 1973, to the Oakland A's. They won their third, in 1986, beating the Boston Red Sox and postponing that almost equally lovable team's next World Series victory until the memorable 2004 postseason.

Lastly, the Mets lost their fourth World Series, in 2000, to the Yankees. As already noted, they "backed into" the postseason that year as the "wild card" team: they had no realistic chance of beating that year's Yankees, and indeed did not.

But this year it's different. A win, a loss, a win, and a loss -- that's the Mets' World Series record so far. So, if they get into the Series this year, they are due to win -- even if they're playing the Yankees again.