The 1969 "Miracle Mets" celebrated the 50th anniversary of their World Series title at Citi Field on Saturday, and the 2019 Mets could certainly use a miracle or two right now.
The Mets entered Saturday's game on a six-game losing streak and a season-worst eight games under .500 as their playoff hopes slowly seem to be slipping away in late June.
At least one member of the '69 team hopes that their presence could draw some inspiration for the current team.
"I hope they take something from it," said Ed Kranepool, who was at the festivities after receiving a kidney transplant in early May. "Take some of the slogans: 'The Amazin' Mets,' 'Miracle Mets,' 'You gotta believe.' They gotta believe in themselves. You gotta do it on the field. You gotta go out there and produce."
Ed Kranepool hopes a visit from the '69 Mets can help kickstart the 2019 Mets pic.twitter.com/MRXcKd3dgC- SNY (@SNYtv) June 29, 2019
With the Mets reeling, much of the focus has shifted to manager Mickey Callaway, whom GM Brodie Van Wagenen continues to support despite the issues on and off the field.
Kranepool said that the responsibility to turn things around ultimately falls on the players.
"It's not the manager's fault," he said. "You can blame the manager all you want. Each player has to look in the mirror and says he has a job to do and go out to do it. There's still time. You gotta win games. You gotta start now, as opposed to saying in September we're going to catch somebody. You gotta start now at the All-Star break."