Mets website prematurely declares them NL champions

The New York Mets were only one game away from winning the National League pennant for the first time in 15 years, but before they got a shot at advancing to the World Series on Wednesday, there was some premature celebration on the team’s website.

On Wednesday afternoon, prior to Game 4 of the NLCS between the Mets and the Chicago Cubs, the Mets’ website declared them the National League champions and advertised NLCS champions gear.

A team spokesman for the Mets called the display, which was captured by screen grabs, a "glitch."

After winning Game 3 on Tuesday, the Mets held a commanding 3-0 lead in the NLCS. Only one team, the 2004 Boston Red Sox, has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series.

While the Mets were eager to return to the World Series for the first time since 2000, the Cubs were even more anxious to return to the Fall Classic, as their last trip was in 1945, and the franchise infamously has not won a World Series since 1908.