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One New York Mets 1969 World Series team alumnus believes that a magical run could happen for the team this season.

The New York Mets have come a long way since the beginning of this summer. They’ve gone from a laughing stock, on the verge of firing manager Mickey Callaway, to a team sitting just 2.0 games back in the National League Wild Card race.

And with 32 games to play, the Mets are in the position to possibly make a postseason run. If you don’t believe so, alumni from the 1969 World Series team sure do.

“They can do it like we did. You gotta believe in yourself,” retired Met Ed Kranepool said, per Mike Fitzpatrick of the Associated Press. “So good luck. You have a half a season. We want to wish you the best so that we can celebrate in October.”

Despite the Mets having just been the victim of a sweep against the Atlanta Braves, rookie first baseman Pete Alonso believes this team is still inspired moving forward.

“We’re a motivated bunch. I mean, we’ve come a long way,” Alonso said. “We’ve been resilient, we’ve been fighting this entire year…I just think that the way we turned it around is just a testament to the character in all these guys.”

New York wraps up a nine-game homestand with a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs beginning on Tuesday. It’ll be a huge series, due to the fact that the Cubs are in second place in the NL Wild Card standings. A sweep or even just a 2-1 series win could mean big things for the Mets going forward.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.