January 19, 2010
It's a little too late in this messy offseason for the Mets to go on a warm and fuzzy PR campaign, but that doesn't mean they're not going to give it the old college try.
Later this afternoon, the team is set to announce that Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden — above, with Jesse Orosco and Keith Hernandez — will be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame this summer with Davey Johnson and Frank Cashen, the manager and general manager from the 1986 team. Sadly, Rafael Santana will have to wait at least another year.
The Mets haven't added any members since Tommie Agee in 2002 and this seems like a natural move to christen the new Hall of Fame that's being built at Citi Field. It signals the complete healing of the rifts that developed between both stars and the Mets and it should also give fans a chance to remember how good things used to be in Queens.
(Whether or not it is wise for the Mets to summon such a contrast remains unclear.)
I have to admit that it's always strange to see Strawberry and Gooden being honored as elder statesmen in a place that isn't Cooperstown. To look at the picture above is to see all the promise that had us assuming they'd be no-doubt Hall of Famers — not just Mets Hall of Famers — by the end of their careers.