Top New York Mets Movie Moments: Fan's View

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The New York Mets' short-lived "Mets At The Movies" campaign in 2009 wasn't the only time fans had the opportunity to see their favorite team on the big screen, as several prominent players made cameos in Hollywood productions over the years.

While the New York Yankees come to mind when most baseball fans think of New York baseball in movies - with classic flicks like Damn Yankees and Pride of the Yankees leading the way - the Mets have been featured in their fair share of notable roles.

When Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones found out the observatory towers in Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park are actually spaceships that brought extraterrestrials to Earth in the 1997 flick, Men In Black, Mets outfielder Bernard Gilkey makes a cameo as spaceships fly over Shea Stadium.

The fun doesn't end there, as another 1990s classic featured the Mets in a big spot. In Rookie of the Year, 12-year-old pitching phenom Henry Rowengartner has his confidence shattered when Mets slugger Alejandro "Butch" Heddo crushes a deep homer on the first pitch he sees from the rookie.

While Heddo was a fictional character who never actually played for the Mets, he consistently ranks as one of the most famous "bad guys" to ever appear in a baseball flick.

One year later, the Mets were featured in the science-fiction flick, Frequency, which used the Mets' 1969 World Series victory as a key focal point in the plot.

According to a latimes.com report, Frequency stars Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel as a father and son who magically reconnect through the time-space continuum by talking on a ham radio that somehow bridges 30 years.

"Along the way, they change the course of their family history and prevent a series of murders, thanks in no small part to their mutual love of the 1969 Mets. Key plays from the '69 World Series--including the famous "shoe polish incident"--are pivotal plot links in the film," the report says.

Even when the Mets themselves didn't make it into films, some of their apparel did. In the 1991 movie City Slickers starring Billy Crystal, Crystal's character is seen wearing a Mets hat.

Additionally, Robin Williams and John Travolta joined the Shea Faithful at Shea Stadium in Flushing, NY, to film part of their 2009 Disney movie, Old Dogs. Former New York Mets outfielder Shawn Green made a cameo during the filming.

What other New York Mets have appeared in movies? Let me know in the comments.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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