The Mets never got to do a victory dance during their last waltz. The core group of Gary Carter, Keith Hernandez, Wally Backman, Lenny Dykstra, Darryl Strawberry, Ron Darling, and Dwight Gooden beat the Red Sox, four games to three, to win the 1986 World Series. But they finished second in the NL East in 1987 after 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight left the team. Then they lost to the Dodgers in the 1988 NLCS. After that, the team was overhauled, and the last waltz was over.