Please use this thread all week to discuss any Mets-specific topic you wish.
When I was a kid, I didn’t much care for Old Timers Day. It was sad to watch on TV these once-great athletes waddling around on the field. Plus, that meant the real game started later.
Now, I have mixed feelings about it returning. Who doesn’t want to see Mike Piazza hit again? It’s fair to wonder if in what would be his age-53 season, Piazza could surpass the .643 OPS that James McCann turned in last year. It would be great to see Darryl Strawberry‘s majestic swing again. Still, I can’t get the old fart angle out of my mind.
Maybe they can have the guys on the field in their uniform but do away with the game. Let the hitter’s take batting practice but let’s not make them run the bases. If guys wanted to field they could but no one would have to do that if they can no longer bend over to field a ball. And those that do choose could go out with a current member, kind of like the “baseball buddies” that they do at minor league games. And the pitchers would throw BP.
Perhaps they could do an All-Star game skills test rather than play. Which retired pitcher can throw the hardest? Who can throw the biggest breaking ball? Which player could win a sprint to first base? You could probably think of a dozen more categories the seniors could do rather than play a game.
But, I’m sad to say, Lenny Dykstra‘s idea of blowing off the ceremony and partying with the fans in the parking lot is a pretty good idea, too, even if he didn’t mention Ron Darling or Keith Hernandez among the teammates who could join him celebrating directly with the fans. Wouldn’t a Darling-Dykstra fight be so apropos for a reunion of the 86 Mets? Get Gregg Jefferies in there too, even if he wasn’t on the ’86 squad.