A Brooklyn filmmaker has enlisted the help of Mets fans around the globe in her quest to produce a documentary on the 1986 World Series Championship team. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
It was a time when the Amazins were the kings of New York City and the baseball world.
"I couldn't believe it. You know it was my first any kind of world title as a kid in any big sporting event. So that's what pretty much solidified me as a Mets fan," recalled Keith Blacknick of MetsPolice.com.
"Eighty-six. They gave us that one year and that was just an awesome year," said Arnold Acevedo, a Mets fan.
Filmmaker and Mets fan Heather Quinlan thinks so too. That's why she is hoping to complete a film about the brash World Series champs and the city that went crazy for them. She has a kickstarter campaign underway to raise $50,000 by August 22.
"It's not only about the '86 Mets but also has the Mets of that era fit Koch's New York just like the Yankees of the 90's fit Giuliani's New York," Quinlan said.
Quinlan has been working on the film since January, interviewing team members like Lenny Dykstra and even pairing Mets great Mookie Wilson and former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, forever connected by the play in Game 6 of the series when Buckner missed Wilson's ground ball allowing the winning run to score.
The film is getting support from Mets fans like Jay Goldberg, who owns the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Greenwich Village.
"I loved that team. I don't think I have had a favorite player since that team. And I probably had about 10 guys on that team who were my favorite players," Goldberg said.
Mets fan Gary Axelbank still has his tickets from the '86 series. He is all for a film looking back on that wild season.
"They were always coming back. They had a tremendous heart and soul. But they were a very, very skilled team," he said.
"Even though there is grit and grime and dirt with that team and in New York at that time there is a lot of poetry in that as well. People loved those guys. They adored those guys," Quinlan said.
For more information about the film, or to contribute to the kickstarter campaign, check out 86metsmovie.com.