Forgive us, as Mets fans if we tend to get a little protective of our own around the trade deadline. After all, this is the team that traded away Nolan Ryan. The same team that waited until all the little ones were fast asleep in their beds before they gave away Tom Seaver.
For a team as old as the Mets are now, they have always lacked in tradition of homegrown stars. When they do get a Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Matt Harvey or David Wright the fans take pride in saying “That’s OUR guy!”
Something that has been few and far between from the start.
Through the long and twisted journey that is the Mets existence, Ed Kranepool still owns the record for longevity with the team. Kranepool was an original Met and played his entire 18 year career with New York.
He was far from being a star but at least he was always a Met.
Even in good trades the Mets have made over the years there is still a sense of “Oh, come on” by some even when you gain a Gary Carter but lose a Hubie Brooks.
Sometimes it feels like you raise these kids just to go off and work for someone else.
Even when the team finally locks up a star for their entire career he ends up injury prone and sidelined through the majority of his contract.
“The trade that never was” last year said it all. We had a kid out there in front of everyone in tears because he didn’t want to leave.
Finally, someone was saying “I’m a Met and I always want to be a Met” and the emotion had run so high that in the blink of an eye it went from tears to cheers with a walkoff home run.
Finally the organization said “If you want to be a Met, we want you here”
Am I right, Dilson?…Dilson??
By: Vincent Weeks