It’s hard to believe that it has been over a quarter of a century since the 1986 Mets captured an entire city with a World Championship, but I was thinking a lot about that season this week.
Just like “Manny being Manny” was used for years to explain the antics of former Red Sox star Manny Ramirez, the Mets legend explained to the Buffalo News that “Reggie is Reggie.”
When you mess with late Mets great Gary Carter, you mess with fiery former teammate Wally Backman.
The 33-year-old — who signed a Minor League deal with the Mets on March 26th — tossed six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks. He struck out two and threw 50 of 87 pitches for strikes.
For some reason, we always expect the newly rich to live well, not well beyond their means. But the 1986 Mets were ultimately the latter, and yet another one of their studs has been put to pasture.
Carter could always be counted on for a smile, a timely hit — and in 1986, a championship. Those close to the catcher joined WFAN to remember “The Kid” shortly after his passing.
According to former Mets teammate Bobby Ojeda, Carter’s battle with cancer has become more and more of a struggle.
It’s not Flushing, but hey, chilly Buffalo is still New York. And for 1986 champion Wally Backman, it’s still the Mets organization.
Is it too soon to call the Nationals “’86 South”? According to the New York Post, Wally Backman is “considering the possibility” of teaming up in Washington with former Mets manager Davey Johnson.
Terry Collins will have more time to try and turn around the Mets. “He’s done just a terrific job,” GM Sandy Alderson said. “He’s earned it.”
Carlos Beltran’s tenure with the Mets will very likely come to an end this week as the July 31st trading deadline approaches. Here is where Beltran ranks in some of the Mets’ all-time offensive categories.
If you told me in mid-April that the Mets would be the surprise story of the National League, over .500 with several players poised to play in the All-Star Game, I would have (justifiably) demanded a urine sample.
After being passed over for Terry Collins this offseason, Wally Backman is “still absolutely confident and certain” he will land a managerial position in the majors. But first, the Mets’ new manager of Double-A Binghamton will try to lead his minor-league youngsters on their own trek to New York.
Ex-Mets starter Frank Viola is returning to professional baseball, agreeing to become the pitching coach for the Mets’ Class A Brooklyn Cyclones. The Mets also said Monday that Rich Donnelly will take over as manager.
To the jaded and jilted Mets fan, the recent revelations about the Mets, Madoff, and money create a portal through which opulent and competent people will buy the team from the limping Wilpons. If only it were that easy.