Every year for the last 3 years as Spring gives way to Fall, Mets season merges into NY Rangers season, I have been able to keep the baseball side of my brain occupied with thoughts of Mets Fantasy Camp. This year more so then ever, in the past I have simply gone down to cover the week long camp as a reporter, this season I am headed down to actually participate as a player. Each year I have tried to find unique ways of counting down the days until camp and sharing them with Mets fans, So this year I will do the countdown by Jersey numbers, When possible I will post my 3 favorite Mets who have worn that number, some numbers are harder then others.
Dennis would have been perfect on the 1986 Mets, he was so intense. He and Turk were the back bone of the Mets Pen for 3 seasons, Cook was a work horse and appeared in 255 games over 4 seasons with the Mets, going 25-13 and earning 6 saves, my favorite Dennis Cook game was May 22, 1998 vs the Brewers. Cook comes in the top of the 8th in relief of Rick Reed the Mets are winning 3-2. Cook gives up a lead off walk to pinch hitter Marquis Grissom to start the 8th, Fernando Vina then singles and now it 1st and 2nd and no outs. Cook picks of Grissom at 2b, and then a pitch later he picks Vina off at first.
Another one that got away, yes the Mets got Johan in the trade that sent Carlos to the Twins, along with with Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra, but I would have loved to see an outfield of Lagares, Gomez and Grandy for a few years, that would have been something special. Gomez showed flashes of the player he would become in some of those 58 Games he spent as a Met. I hope the Mets have learned their lesson and let Lagares blossom into a superstar, like Gomez has for the Brewers.
Hard to believe but sometime in April Jeurys will pitch in his 100th game as a Met, he took a huge step forward last season appearing in 76 games, he had 5 saves and pitched to a 2.21 era, he will be a huge part of the Mets bullpen this coming season.
Mets who wore #27
By: Mark Rosenman
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