We all have our favorite Mets’ mannerisms.
As a child of the ’70s/’80s, here are some of the player tics and techniques that I would emulate in the Shea Stadiums of my backyard and my driveway and my mind:
• Tom Seaver dragging his right knee across the downslope of the mound. And my mom wondered why I always needed patches for just one leg of my jeans.
• Jerry Koosman‘s geometric leg kick was my favorite kind of math.
• Tug McGraw thumping his mitt against his thigh. I brought this particular percussion to the mound in many a B-Minor Little League game.
• Felix Millan choking up so much that he could’ve hit the ball with either end of his bat. I tried this once in a wiffle-ball game and knocked myself on the chin with the yellow plastic knob of the bat. Ouch.
• I assume that John Pacella ordered his hats 1/8 of a size too large, because try as I might, I could never shake my lid like him. Threw my glasses off my face a few times, but the hat stayed put.
• Richie Hebner tugging at the back of his shirt. If I make myself do this now, it still feels kind of natural.
And then there was Tim Teufel‘s waggle. This card from the 1990 Leaf set does a great job of capturing intimations of the waggle. Hell, if you shake it just a bit from side to side, the card practically comes to life. And damn– my hip just twitched.
So what was your favorite Mets’ mannerism?