Covers of this morning’s New York Daily News, Post and Newsday, celebrating Johan Santana’s no-hitter, the first in Mets history.
My favorite Subway Series moment: When that Mets fan taunted “Put it in the books!” moments before Luis Castillio’s drop in 2009 at Yankee Stadium. Bedlam ensued.
I was at the game, in the upper deck, surrounded by Mets fans with whom I play softball. When A-Rod popped the ball up high, they had enough time to get out a few chuckles, but after the ball fell to the ground and Mark Teixeira motored home from first base, every Yankees fan in the place erupted with excitement and laughter.
Since the game was sold out on a Friday night, Mets fans couldn’t just bolt for the exits afterward. They had to wait among the crowd to get out of the packed house. And Yankees fans were just laying into them after such a Mets Moment. I almost — almost — felt bad for them.
I’m going to the Mets-Yankees game tonight, 14 years after their first Subway Series game, when 56,188 showed up on a MONDAY in June 1997, to see Dave Mlicki shut out the Yanks, 6-0, before the most electric regular-season crowd I’ve ever been part of.
The New York Daily News caught up with Mlicki a couple years ago and found out people still ask him to autograph items related to that game.
Source: New York Daily News
If you’re in a Major League locker room and mention an economic slowdown, expect to see some puzzled faces.
Baseball-Reference.com’s yearly salary leaders page shows that in 1991, Darryl Strawberry of the Dodgers was MLB’s highest-paid player at $3.8 million. Twenty years later, Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees makes $33 mil, 8.7 times as much.
Also of note from these yearly leaders since 1985:
- The only year when pitchers were the highest-paid in both years was 1989, when Orel Hershiser of the Dodgers and Frank Viola of the Twins each were paid $2.8 million
- Albert Belle became baseball’s first $10-million-a-year man in 1997
- The Mets have made each of these players the highest-paid in the NL: George Foster, Bobby Bonilla, Mo Vaughn, Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana. Only Foster (Reds) and Bonilla (Marlins) ever played in a World Series and not with the Mets.
“The funny thing is, people believed it. Everybody was talking about it, long after the truth got out,” said Mel Stottlemyre, the former New York Yankee. He was the Mets pitching coach in the spring of ‘85 (and he appeared in photos alongside Finch). “The story was far fetched but I think the timing was right, because we had good pitching. Ron Darling. Dwight Gooden, who threw in the 90s, and had come up from nowhere, too. Fans would call out: ‘When’s Sidd pitching?’ I’d have to say something. ‘Not ready yet! Soon, though!’”
Looking at the ages of players on the 1986 Mets — an all-time team by any measure — makes it even more Amazin’ that the franchise won only two division titles in the 24 seasons since.
21 - Dwight Gooden
23 - Len Dykstra
23 - Sid Fernandez
23 - Randy Myers
24 - Darryl Strawberry
24 - Kevin Mitchell
24 - Rick Aguilera
25 - Ron Darling
25 - Howard Johnson
29 - Jesse Orosco (dude had 17 seasons left in him)
If you want respect, this ain’t the uniform to be wearing.
Rodney actually looks pretty good here. Doesn’t appear any more out of place than the seven current MLB managers aged 65 or over — Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Charlie Manuel, Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella and Cito Gaston — who wear a uniform every day.