THE List: 10 Most Popular Mets
Tug McGraw (1965-1967, 1969-1974)
Came up with “You Gotta Believe,” willing the 1973 Mets to the East title.
Tom Seaver (1967-1977, 1983)
How could a player who is the all-time face of a franchise be lost to that team not once, but twice? Only the Mets.
Rusty Staub (1972-1975, 1981-1985)
With all the food at Citi Field, why is there no Rusty’s Ribs?
Lee Mazzilli (1976-1981, 1986-1989)
Is it me, or does it seem like the Mets keep trading their most popular players, only to re-acquire them later?
Mookie Wilson (1980-1989)
Do you think he would have been as popular if his name wasn’t Mookie?
Keith Hernandez (1983-1989)
Every girl in the ’80s loved Hernandez. How do you compete with that?
Dwight Gooden (1984-1994)
Despite everything that went wrong, he’s still beloved by Mets fans. Still, it’s hard not to imagine what might have been.
Mike Piazza (1998-2005)
The best hitter the Mets have ever had. Hopefully he’ll go into the Hall of Fame as a Met.
Jose Reyes (2003-present)
The most exciting position player the Mets have ever had. It seems like everyone is wearing a Reyes jersey at the game.
David Wright (2004-present)
Unless they are wearing a Wright jersey. The new face of the franchise, he’ll be named captain soon.
Mug Shots courtesy Ultimate Mets Database, http://ultimatemets.com/mugshots.php
Date: September 22, 2009