April 27, 2007 As a big Tigers fan as well as a Mets fan, I always have the memories of "The D Man" either hitting homers or striking out trying while he was an All- Star 2B in Detroit.
I remember one game where Brian Moehler was on the mound for Detroit and pitched terribly. He was relieved by Doug Brocail who pitched uncharacteristically well, and then Todd Jones, who pitched well. I think it was tied 5-5 in the 9th when Deivi Cruz got himself a single (which was a reason to celebrate all by itself...) Next two batters go down, and up comes Damion Easley. He swings at two pitches way outside the strike zone, takes a pitch that was borderline for a ball, and then rockets it out of the ballpark to win the game.
That was the first thing that came to mind when Damion pinch hit for Billy Wagner with the Mets down 1-0 in extra innings vs. the Rockies. He swings at two horrible pitches, takes a borderline strike, and I'm thinking "Nah, he won't be able to hit it out of here." And that's just what he did.
August 5, 2007 At first I hated this pickup. Thanks Damion for proving me wrong.
December 9, 2007 I was scratching my head when they picked up Easley but he was so clutch off the bench. Glad he'll be back in 2008.
August 4, 2008 Damion Easley is easily my favorite Met, no pun intended. He is an excellent player to have off the bench and has been very good when starting at second base. He is also one of the classiest guys on the team.
July 13, 2011 The Mets really should have brought Easley back for 2009. He was a solid player in both his seasons with the Mets, hitting .273 with 16 home runs in 509 at-bats.
In 2009, the illustrious Mets bench had names like Jeremy Reed and Cory Sullivan. I think Easley would have been a better choice than either of them.