We have updated the original story after speaking with Paul O'Neill.
Here is the money quote from O'Neill:
“They were very good,” O’Neill said. “I couldn’t sit back and go player-by-player. I think the ’98 team had much more depth. We had a couple of World Series under our belts, too. We were seasoned to that point. The ’86 Mets were just a great team. They won just one World Series, right?”
O'Neill's question at the end was not mocking. He legitimately was asking.