June 8, 2013 Most of what I remember about Cone has, of course, already been covered here, but I don't see anyone mention that his career was being covered for a while by a paper in Israel because they were under the impression that his name was Cohen, not Cone.
May 25, 2013 Francisco was one of the players traded by the Mets with Nolan Ryan. He never got into a game with the Angels, but went on to a 30-year career as a catcher (longer than Nolan's time in the majors) in his native Mexico. He also became a successful manager there and is a member of the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame. It looks like the Ryan deal was even worse than we thought!
May 30, 2013 Mike is currently the pitching coach of the Arkansas Travelers (Double-A team of the Angels); one of his pitchers is named Mike Piazza (NO relation to his former Mets teammate) who was born in Port St. Lucie, FL.
May 30, 2013 I wasn't exactly thrilled when I found out that Matt rooted for the evil Stankees when he was growing up but all human beings have flaws. It reminded me back in the 80's when Paulina Porizkova was the hottest swimsuit model but my happiness went south when I found out that she smoked cancer sticks!
May 30, 2013 At the end of the 1980 World Series victory parade, the Phils took turns thanking the fans seated at JFK Stadium. Fittingly, Tug was the last to speak. He ended his speech by stating, "All throughout baseball history, Philadelphia has had to take a backseat to New York City. Well, New York City can take this world championship and stick it, 'cause WE'RE NUMBER ONE!" In a DVD I have about the 1980 team, an additional extra film shows Tug, twenty years later, saying that his comment was aimed at the writers, that a lot of fans were offended, but, you know, they got over it.
Old Fashioned Met
May 30, 2013 Some folks still brood over the White Sox' claiming of Tom after he wasn't placed on a compensation protected list. Those who do are clearly bigger fans of Seaver than they are of the Mets. He came back to New York in 1983 and was given a much-deserved warm welcome. But the Mets had the National League's worst record that year, so his return didn't really help. After Tom left, the Mets became a serious pennant contender that won some division titles and a World Series. It seems as if his being "back home" meant that the team had to be all about him, while the other players (who were about to begin the most successful period in Mets history) would have been overlooked completely. Seaver's dominating presence could have actually blocked the progress being made by the organization at that time. This proves that baseball is a team game and not about the individual.