SEAVER CHANGED METS LOSING CULTURE

The Mets ace never found losing very funny

On April 29, 1967 — the day Atlantic Records released Aretha Franklin’s single “Respect” — the New York Mets were shutout, 7-0, by the Cincinnati Reds. The loss dropped the Mets into ninth place (7 ½ GB) in the National League just two weeks into the season. Nothing new for the hapless, “lovable losers” from […]

IT’S ALL GOODEN

'He was flat-out awesome!'

Dwight Gooden arrived at the Houston Astrodome long before his scheduled start — so early that he had to jump a fence to get into the ballpark. That’s what happens when you’re a teenager (19) on the day of your MLB debut. Gooden wasn’t the only one excited about his first start. Davey Johnson was anxious too. From the first time […]

PERFECT FOR A DAY

On June 20, 1964 Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jim Bunning threw a perfect game against the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium. With his wife and children in the stands, here’s what happened … By the eighth inning 32,904 Mets fans were cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies, for […]

WHAT SHALL WE NAME THEM?

What’s in a name? asked Shakespeare. Names are our identity. Names distinguish between people, places and things. Names trigger emotion; they sometimes make our heart race; our voice elevate; our brow furrow; our breath shallow. In late January 1961, franchise owner Mrs. Joan Payson invited the organization’s brass and a handful of New York baseball sports reporters to her […]

METS DRAFT HISTORY: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

One glance at the New York Mets No. 1 draft selections reveals a history of good, bad and ugly decision-making. The Mets first-ever draft pick was pitcher Les Rohr, the second overall pick in the 1965 draft. Rohr’s major league career was short-lived. He made his MLB debut on September 19, 1967against the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitching […]

METS HALL FALLS SHORT

The New York Mets 55-year history has more than 100 years worth of memories. The people (owners, managers and players), the games and the legendary success (and failure) are enough to fill an enormous amount of space and time. Recently, I walked through the gates of Citi Field for the first time. I intentionally wanted […]

THE SLIDE THAT CHANGED BASEBALL

Last October, during Game 2 of the National League Division Series, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley slid into second base, hoping to break up a double play. He did more than that, he changed the game of baseball. The slide, which umpires said was legal, is not — anymore. Last month, MLB instituted Rule 6.01(j). It reads: “… slides […]

BOWTIES AND RINGS

Frank Cashen arrived in Flushing with an impressive resume; two World Series rings, a drawer full of bowties and patience. Throughout Spring Training and most of April 1980 Cashen watched Joe Torre’s team sputter. There were no trades, nor firings. Not a single transaction. The Mets front office was quiet. “When is the man going to make […]

FRACTURED PROSPECT

Terry Collins remembers flying back from the team’s complex in the Dominican Republic. It was February 2009, and the future New York Mets manager was feeling hopeful about Fernando Martinez. Collins watched Martinez play pain-free in the first game of a doubleheader before catching his flight back to the States. Maybe, just maybe, this was the turning […]