Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:05 pm
By Matt Snyder
The New York Mets announced Wednesday that, in honor of the franchise's 50th anniversary, they will have five different bobblehead giveaways this summer at Citi Field. Each bobblehead will be of a Mets legend, one from each decade of the franchise's existence. The first 25,000 fans for each game will get their bobblehead.
Tom Seaver will represent the '60s, with the giveaway being on April 22. Rusty Staub represents the '70s on May 26. Keith Hernandez is the '80s guy on June 17 while Mike Piazza is the representative for the 2000s on August 25.
You'll note I left out the 1990s. It's Edgardo Alfonzo (July 21). I was left scratching my head a bit about this. Yes, Alfonzo was a good player -- in fact, he was an All-Star in 2000 and had great years in 1999 and 2002. But he's the Mets' "legend" for the 1990s whole decade? Really?
Alfonzo played five seasons for the Mets in the '90s, putting together a .290/.356/.429 line, good for a 106 OPS-plus. He hit 62 homers (an average of 15 per 162 games) while averaging 73 runs and 68 RBI per season. He was versatile defensively. All-around, a good player, but certainly not a legend.
Now, please don't misconstrue this as a huge complaint. I don't care who the Mets give away as a bobblehead and I'm not a Mets fan. I'm just wondering if Mets fans think of the '90s and the first player that comes to mind is Alfonzo. I combed through a few of the rosters, because I don't think I should make any kind of statement without having an alternative option, and I came up with a pretty good name: John Franco. He was the closer for nearly the entire decade. He racked up 276 saves in his Mets' career, 268 of which came in the 90s, when he had a 2.81 ERA.
Anyway, it's not a big deal, but I'm curious, Mets fans: Would you rather have a Franco or Alfonzo bobblehead?
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Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:03 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Jose Reyes has everything you want -- speed, a good glove, a great arm, can hit for average, can hit homers and is still just 27. So what's the downside? Well, despite his many talents, Reyes has never quite lived up to his elite potential, there are injury questions and he's in the final year of a contract that will pay him $11 million this season. Because of his age, he'll get a pretty payday this offseason, but because of the questions the size of that payday will be determined by his 2011 season. In a way, his 2011 may be as important for him personally as it is a Mets team with low expectations.
PLAYER ORACLEMarv Thorneberry played with Ed Kranepool for the 1962 New York Mets
Ed Kranepool played with Jesse Orosco for the 1979 New York Mets
Jesse Orosco played with Gary Matthews for the 2003 San Diego Pardres
Gary Matthews played with Ike Davis for the 2010 New York Mets
Perhaps the most famous New York Mets fan in the world is comedian Jerry Seinfeld. In 1992, Keith Hernandez appeared in a two-part episode of Seinfeld titled "The Boyfriend." The A plot is about Hernandez dating the character Elaine.
However, the episode is better remembered for its B plot, about an incident from June 14, 1987, when Hernandez committed an error against the Phillies that cost the Mets the game (according to Retrosheet.org, the Mets actually beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh that day).
According to the episode, Kramer and Newman heckled Hernandez as he walked out of the player's gate, and then the Mets first baseman, they claimed, spit on them.
Seinfeld defends Hernandez, spoofing the Kennedy assassination's "Magic Bullet Theory", saying there had to be a "second spitter." In the end, it ends up that Roger McDowell was the second spitter, spitting on the two after they heckled him during the game and Newman spilled a beer on his head.
Hernandez also appeared in the series finale.