The second part of the title is due in part to my partner-in-Mets-blogging Bear Man for suggesting this the other day, but for retiring jersey numbers...
I went on a rant about number retiring (or lack thereof) in the Mets organization. To be blunt, I think they should do more to memorialize Mets who weren't named Stengel, Seaver or Hodges. Honoring Jackie Robinson throughout baseball is one thing. But as Senor Solly said, if the Padres can retire Randy Jones' number, the Mets can do far better with honoring their past. What about Koosman, Kranepool or Davey Johnson (grandathering in Jose Reyes and David Wright with those last two)? That's just naming a few. In my most humble opinion, I think the better part of the Mets' early existence was spent trying to remind old New York National League fans that they were the children of Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants history. With an owner who loves the Brooklyn Dodgers and the mythical lore surrounding them, good luck getting them to acknowledge ANYTHING Mets-related.
That said, the Mets have surprised me with their big announcement today (making it official in a conference call at 2 pm today) in that the newest Mets Hall of Fame Induction will at least nod to the best Mets manager ever, Davey Johnson, but also give long due to Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden and the man behind the scenes responsible for the teams '80s successes, Frank Cashen.
How funny, that it seems like FINALLY after all these years, Wilpon & Co are finally listening to the fan base. Took them friggin long enough. We've wanted nothing more than to see our favorite players memorialized. Of course, we all know that Darryl and Doc lost their way, but it's good to see them back in the good graces of the Mets organization (not to mention the fans).
Now all the Mets need to do is make a sweeping act of goodwill with the fanbase and do what Bear Man suggests here (and was posted on Metsblog today).
Oh and one more thing since today is Plugs R Us in the land of summer families...
Steve over at Kranepool Society says that the Mets are watching Ben Sheets throw in Louisianer today. Nothing huge there, since we all knew that time was coming. However, he mentioned something that I had completely forgotten...
Ben Sheets named his son Seaver after our own Tom Terrific.
Jeff, Omar, John Ricco...if ANY of you fucks are listening and/or know what's good for you, this is the PERFECT PR MOVE!!! SIGN THAT GUY NOW!!! How great would it be to get The Franchise himself in that press conference to give him his jersey, or give his son Seaver his own little Seaver #41 jersey.
I cannot be the only to see this. Give him an offer he can't refuse, and let's move towards P's and C's already, washing the bad Beltran and Boras taste out of our mouths already. Kthxbai. Love, The Coop