I recently heard that the Cubs are going to retire Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux’s number 31 this season. It made me think, WTF. It seems like the Mets are one of the franchises that make it nearly impossible for a “player’s” number to be retired – they have only one.
People have spoken about Keith Hernandez’s #17 as the next one, but you know what – I am not buying that. I think Keith was a helluva player, but there is one guy that deserves it more. Need a hint – he caught the last and first pitch at Shea and Citi. Mike Piazza was the best hitter in our franchise’s history. If you are looking for Mets’ history at Citi, add 31 to the outfield wall, and do it THIS year.
If Piazza goes into the hall of fame as a Dodger we will all be sick. Make all the arguments that you want for him having “better’ years in LA, but HE WAS THE METS. He was there, and revived people (not just baseball fans) after 911, when the Mets set up emergency help in Queens. He hit the homerun that made people cry. He didn’t charge Clemens, the steroid-ridden pansy, for the sake of the “team”. He was cool. He also hit the ball so hard that you could feel it at home. He was clutch, he took the pressure off the rest of the team. He allowed others to succeed without vindication (ask David Wright). He gracefully left New York without bashing the team – he stuck around, and signed, when many thought he would leave. He was the face of the team, but he was also available to the media always. He was the type of player that this team could use. Do it Mets and do it this year- retire the real 31.
posted by Gene Anthony