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.
Without a doubt one of my favorite all-time Mets, Willie didn't put up huge stats with the Mets, but he was the coolest guy to ever wear the Blue and Orange. The snatch grab and first base, the home run trot, Willie was cool before ESPN Sportscenter existed. He only hit 22 homers as a Met, but I'm sure anyone who watched the Mets in 1978 and 1979 remembered each and everyone of them.While the Mets gave up Jon Matlack who went on to win 15 games and pitch to a 2.27 ERA, Met fans never held that against Willie as he was a fan favorite.
Yes the Mets blew this trade,giving the Astros Mike Scott to get Danny, but he was the perfect 4th outfielder, and pinch hitter off the bench, 4 Pinch Hitter dingers in 1983, plus whenever he did hit a homer or made a great catch he would make Espn's Sportscenter so Chris Berman could call him Danny"Uriah"Heep.
By the time the Mets got finished with Pedro I think he could tie his shoes with his left hand without bending down. He appeared in 484 games as a Met and for 3 years in a row almost 90 games each season. While some Met fans might hold the fact that he signed with the Yankees as a free agent, you have to love the fact that he never threw one pitch in pinstripes. He was one of the few guys in the pen that you never seemed to worry about, he would come in get outs and keep the game close and Pedro did that on a consistent basis.
Mets who wore #25
By: Mark Rosenman
WLIE 540 AM SPORTSTALKNY Host and Producer
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