Mets fans are once again cheering for this offseason, but not for the moves involving today’s roster — it’s still not allowed.
But they’re celebrating something that will be on the court this summer: Mets history.
The Mets announced Tuesday morning that they would host an alumni day for the first time since 1994.
Daniel Murphy, cliff floydand Robin Ventura are just a few of the former Mets stars who were scheduled to be at Citi Field on August 27. They’ve all admitted they won’t be as good as they were in their prime, but they all know it’s going to be a moment to remember. opportunity.
“Any time you can go back and you have guys you’ve played with – I don’t know how to wear the uniform, I’m going to have to work on that a bit, train myself a bit. It’s just fun to be around guys and see a lot of people who are very familiar and who are friends, friends for life, I’m excited The fans, I don’t really know if they want to watch this kind of baseball, but it’s fun to get out there and just sort of reconnect,” Ventura said.
“It’s a very special place,” he added. “The team I was on was very tight-knit. The people that worked there… It’s just a special place. Great guys on that team, the staff, Jay, [late PR director] Shannon [Forde], it holds a special place for me. I had a great time when I was there, loved it. … It will always be very special to me.
Floyd said he was “terrified” about getting injured during the game.
“We’re a kid at heart, but damn it, when you get to this point in our lives, you have to be careful,” he said. “It’s gonna be fun to see some fans, it’s gonna be back in town, obviously everyone is hitting me thinking I’m going deep for some reason. I have no idea why people think I’m hitting bullets over the fence, but I’m really looking forward to being with the boys again, putting on the uniform and having a blast for a few days.
Ventura and Floyd spent their entire Mets tenure at Shea Stadium — Murphy called him home for about two months in 2008.
While Citi Field remains one of the best ballparks in baseball, Shea still holds a place in the hearts of anyone involved with the Mets.
“Before you go to that pitch, you better be prepared. And I mean BP,” said Ventura, who had one of Shea Stadium’s most memorable moments with the 1999 Grand Slam single. There’s just some noise Shea had that some places didn’t have. no. … Stadiums are now built differently and they sound different. When I was managing, I just noticed the noise going over the field, and at Shea, it was going down to the field. So you felt it in your feet, you felt it in your legs If Piazza hits a home run, this place is on wheels, the stadium can move, and it looks like those wheels might have gone off the track a few times when Mike would hit a big home run. I can’t think of another stadium that looks like it – the noise went down and you felt it inside your chest. There was something big about it. … When you think of the good stuff, the noise, a packed house in Shea is like no other place where I went.
Floyd echoed those comments with one word: “Period.”
“I used to catch myself just when I was going to that pitch thinking, ‘You better step up your game today,'” the former outfielder added. “Whatever you’re feeling, you better put it aside and get your butt ready on that 3:00 pitch. … I loved it. I always felt it was what I needed. I had I needed to be pushed, I needed to be kicked out, I needed to be put in a position where I’m challenged every day to be awesome Not to say that other places don’t weren’t like that – besides their game, it’s just that New York is different. There’s a reason why it’s bright lights, big city. It was different. I felt the vibe every night I walked on that pitch Whether they were booing my ass for being better or cheering me on for doing my thing, but it was always good to be in that stadium when we were rocking. I tell you, it was something different.
Murphy’s tenure with the Mets ended somewhat bitterly, as after his incredible 2015 run, he signed with the Washington Nationals.
But make no mistake, he loved being a Met.
“I was truly humbled that [team historian and former PR director] Jay [Horwitz] reached out,” the 2015 NLCS MVP said. “It was the first year I didn’t have baseball. It was fun in this reflective period of last year to look back and think about the decade that me and my growing family spent there. I grew up in this organization…
“When Jay asked, my first thought was yes. I consider myself a Met just because of the years we were there, through the system, the relationships I built in the minor league system. … Queens has a very special place in my heart.