The New York Mets have been Summer’s ball playing calamity in recent years. Sure, they’ve had their moments; they won the NL East title in 2006 before a 2-run home run from Yadier Molina in the top of the 9th and a called strike three whizzing past a statuesque Carlos Beltran tore New York’s collective heart to shreds after a hard fought seven games against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. Otherwise, the Mets have been looking more mid 60s than mid 80s, when they were the village idiot instead of the talk of the town.
Part of that great era of Mets baseball from the 1980s was Mookie Wilson. The electric Wilson played with Keith Hernandez, Doc Gooden, and Darryl Strawberry, making him a great judge of talent and personality.
This Spring has been a good one for the Mets. David Wright appears to have put a dismal 2014 season behind him, the rest of the lineup is hitting the cover off of the ball, and ace Matt Harvey looks dominant after more than a year off after Tommy John surgery.
Wilson isn’t making any predictions, but he believes the team can find a lot of success this season.
“I like where we are going. I love the young talent we have,” says Wilson. “The key word there is ‘young’ talent. We have to learn how to perform in the mid Summer and late Summer.”
“But right now, we’re looking good,” he adds.
Wilson’s book, Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets, is now available in paperback. Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Wilson below.