"So do the 2013 Mets"
No not really.
"It is the start of Met folklore and have to admit, there is some honor and pride attached to it. It makes for interesting conversation at times."
I know the 1962 Mets were the lovable losers and all, but I would like to see another team take over that distinction.
Yup. Me, too. I hope the '62 Mets keep that record forever.
I was going to say that was a record that could be unassailable, but I had forgotten that the Detroit Tigers (!) came close as recently as 2003. So, yeah, the Astros have a shot. If the Mets are out of it next year, this might lend some perverse entertainment value towards the end of the season if the Astros approach the record.