From Ron Swoboda to Ray Knight, New York Mets fans will never forget their postseason heroes (a while back, I wrote about five of them). Likewise, we'll always remember the names of some players for their infamous place in team history. Here are five all-time goats in Mets history.
Luis Castillo (2B) -- Castillo made my list of "Five Mets We Loved to Hate," partly for his egregious error against the New York Yankees on June 12, 2009. The three-time Gold Glove winner dropped what would have been a game-ending pop-up at Yankee Stadium, allowed the Yankees to steal a 9-8 victory. The error only exacerbated fan frustration with the grossly overpaid Castillo
Carlos Beltran (OF) -- As I wrote about in this space, Beltran had one of the best offensive season in Mets history in 2006. However, some fans view him as a goat for taking a called third strike with the bases loaded to end Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Personally, I don't fault Beltran for the loss, but not all Mets fans are as forgiving.
Kenny Rogers (SP) -- Rogers pitched 20 seasons in the Major Leagues, mostly for the Texas Rangers. However, Mets fans remember him for one ball-four pitch. Rogers walked home the game-winning and series-clinching run of the 1999 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, as the Mets went down to defeat, 10-9, in the 11th inning. The Mets, who lost the first three games of the series, actually led Game 6 in the eighth and 10th innings, but couldn't force a Game 7.
Tom Glavine (SP) -- Glavine tormented Mets fans as a member of the Atlanta Braves for years, but nothing was worse than what he did to them in 2007. Needing a win on the last day of the regular season to make the playoffs, Glavine was bombed for seven runs in 1/3 of an inning against the Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium. The Mets lost the game, 8-1, completing a season-ending collapse which saw them blow a seven-game lead in the final 18 days of the season. It was Glavine's last game as a Met.
Timo Perez (OF) -- Oh, what could have been! Perez was a utility player on the Mets' National League championship team in 2000, but he played a major role in Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Yankees. In the sixth inning, Perez's failure to run out a Todd Zeile double -- he thought it was a home run -- resulted in him being thrown out at the plate. The Mets never recovered. They lost the game in 12 innings, 4-3, and the Yankees went on to win the World Series in five games.
Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follows back Mets fan on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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