Sunday, May 17, 2009
Yet Another Bothered By The Mets Lack Of History
Mookie Wilson, he of the most famous at-bat in Mets history, although 'withholding judgment', is not pleased, at this point, with the lack of respect and commemoration the new Mets Ballpark shows towards the 1986 team, and their place in Mets history.
Said Wilson, "I've only been there once, and I was a little bit disappointed, but I'm giving them time. Let's give them time to create the atmosphere that they want to portray, then make that judgment.
"I was a little surprised I didn't see anything inside. To not put that in there would be denying part of your past - part of your rich past. We'll have to wait and see. I think the '86 team would like to be known as the signature of the Mets ... you'd have to talk to upper management to see what they want to portray the team as. That's my hope. I have no hard feelings at this point."
SNY showed Mookie signing his name to the same wall his former teammate, Dwight Gooden, had signed. Not knowing the hub-bub about Gooden signing the wall, when informed, said, "Give me a break," Wilson said under his breath, then added: "I'm not going to comment on that."
Mookie was in Harlem yesterday conducting a clinic to bring baseball to inner city youths, especially African-Americans. He ran the kids through drills, showing them baseball fundamentals. Afterwards he held a Q&A.
One of the youth coaches asked Mookie about his famous hit in game 6 of the 1986 World Series: "I do get chills about it, because it still is hard to believe that it actually did happen. After more than 20 years, it's still a very amazing story to tell."
This lends more credence to our many posts (24 Hours...April 25, 2009, 24 Hours...April 20, 2009, 24 Hours...April 19, 2009, 24 Hours...February 3, 2009, 24 Hours...November 17, 2008, 24 Hours...September 7, 2008, and 24 Hours...August 2, 2008) about the Mets lack of respect to their history, as you have read. Now with Ron Hunt and Mookie, two key players from their past raising the issue, don't you think it's about time the Mets listened to not only their fans, but their former players? This isn't that difficult of a move, but yet again, this franchise we love and root for just doesn't get it.
Mookie has been one of the classiest players to ever don a Met uniform, and for him to 'reserve judgement', something must certainly be wrong.
Source: Matt Gagne - NY Daily News