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JetBlue flight attendant has nothing on 1986 Mets

Flight attendant Steven Slater went the full Costanza and quit just before his JetBlue flight was to take off from JFK, riding a chute right onto the tarmac.

Somewhere, the Mets of 1986, are laughing about this amateur. His unscheduled departure can't compare to their flight back to New York after winning the 1986 National League Championship Series.

"It wasn't just guys destroying a plane. It was guys destroying a plane after an emotional roller coaster. There's a difference." -- Randy Niemann, Mets pitcher

There's a lot more, much of it unprintable, profane or just disgusting. There was cake. There was coke. There was booze. Jeff Perlman, in "The Bad Guys Won: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform -- and Maybe the Best" -- that is one long title -- wrote:

Upon landing, two or three wives had to be carried off the jet. Others weren't quite sure of their whereabouts. Half the team exited wearing T-shirts and ties. Sisk wore one shoe. Fans who had waited for hours at Kennedy Airport to greet the team were shocked at what they saw. "To have the wives in their snazzy North Beach Leather outfits, covered in vomit, it didn't make for a pretty picture," says Mets pitcher Ron Darling. "And the guys were coming off in various forms of disarray of dress. We were gross."

Hasn't been the same, mercifully, since...although Santanio Holmes knows now that there is a time and place for earbuds.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 10, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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There is a difference between the 1986 Mets and Stephen Slater. The Mets were not employed by the airlines and working on the flight. The Mets also did not open the emergency slide and run off into the sunset. They at least waited until the plate stopped to leave!

Posted by: Scott76 | August 10, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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