Just in time for the New Year, Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns as our gift to you. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of topics related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdowns with the number seven and work all the way to number one. This week's Seven in Seven list takes a look at some of the strangest characters in Mets franchise history, as we take a look at the fifth most offbeat personality in team history, Carl Everett.
5. Carl Everett
When you think of offbeat personalities, one name that always comes up in baseball circles is Carl Everett. Everett was notorious for his temper and his eccentric personality, and he made Queens his home from 1995-1997. While Everett was well known for his talent on the field, his off the field incidents would come to define his tenure in the majors.
Everett made a lot of waves, and one notorious example was his stance on gays. Everett was notoriously anti-gay, going as far to say that he would not accept a gay teammate. Everett threatened to retire if he found out one of his teammates was gay, and implied that he would "set him straight" if a gay teammate was in the clubhouse. Everett later clarified his remarks to Maxim in 2005, stating that he had encountered gay teammates and accepted them. Everett's views, however, remained unchanged on gays as he told the magazine "Gays being gay is wrong. Two women can't produce a baby, two men can't produce a baby, so it's not how it's supposed to be . . . I don't believe in gay marriages. I don't believe in being gay."
While those comments made Everett a lightning rod for criticism, he also said some things that were downright bizarre. Everett has made it be known that he believes that dinosaurs did not exist. Everett was quoted as saying "God created the sun, the stars, the heavens and the earth, and then made Adam and Eve. The Bible never says anything about dinosaurs. You can't say there were dinosaurs when you never saw them. Somebody actually saw Adam and Eve. No one ever saw a Tyrannasaurus Rex." Everett's wacky Bible driven stance on dinosaurs even took on elements of conspiracy theories, as he would later indicate that any dinosaur fossils found were fakes made to propagate the myth of dinosaurs.
Everett's temper also would flare frequently on the field as he had numerous brushes with umpires and got into confrontations with players and coaches as well. Everett seemed to thrive on being hated, and he never stuck around any one club for more than a few years at a time. Everett's time in Flushing only lasted until 1997, when the Mets had enough of Everett's antics and traded him to the Houston Astros. While he was a member of the Mets, however, Everett showed his wacky side and not all of it was a pleasant experience.
Check back tomorrow as we reveal the fourth most offbeat personality in Mets history!Tags: Baseball, Carl Everett, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Seven in Seven