As we reported yesterday, fan favorite Mookie Wilson was fired as the first base coach on Wednesday by Sandy Alderson who does plan to reassign him to another job in the organization.
Mookie, of course, is one of the most beloved and most popular Mets players in franchise history, but the timing of his dismissal couldn’t have been worse. It was 25 years ago this month, that Mookie Wilson hit the fabled ground ball that would trickle through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game Six of the 1986 World Series. The rest, as they say, is history.
Oddly enough, that famed baseball that Mookie hit and was once owned by actor Charlie Sheen, is now up for auction on eBay with an asking price of $1 million dollars.
I love this team so much, but I learned a long time ago that it doesn’t really matter who’s running the ship, they never seem to get things right when it comes to recognizing and understanding Mets history. Believe me though, Steve Phillips, Omar Minaya and Sandy Alderson are not the first. Many players from that original 1962 team and both the 1969 and 1973 teams went through the same kind of slights and insults in the seventies and eighties… Just ask Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones and Yogi Berra.
We love you Mookie!
Game Six – Gets By Buckner