Craig and Governor Christie were both very pleased to welcome ex-Met George Foster to the Allstate Studio this morning to talk a little about baseball and a little about life.
Foster rose to stardom during his time in Cincinnati (1971-81), making 5 All-Star teams, winning back-to-back World Series titles (1975 & ’76) and being named NL MVP (1977). After an impressive stay in Cincinnati, Foster was dealt to the Mets in 1982 and his career never blossomed in New York like many believed it would.
His numbers declined across the board and was eventually released in August of 1986, the year the Mets went on to win the World Series.
According to Foster, his release had little to do with declining play on the field and more to do with the team’s ongoing drug problems (among other things) which he was more than happy to talk about.
Foster also talked about how in certain circles, Tom Seaver was known as “Nancy,” which I’ll allow him to explain and how he had a burning desire to plant a fastball in Davey Johnson’s rib cage…