One of the more iconic members of the 1986 New York Mets is Mookie Wilson. Wilson, an outfielder on the championship team, has gone down in baseball lore for hitting the ground ball that went between Bill Buckner's legs to drive in the winning run in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Wilson was also very popular with fans for his hustle and heart on the field, so it made sense for the Mets to bring him onto their coaching staff in two separate stints. Wilson's second run as first base coach ended after the 2011 season, and Wilson was not happy with being let go.
Wilson detailed his frustrations in his new book, "Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the 1986 Mets". The quotes, first reported by Mike Puma of the New York Post, express frustration with how Wilson was dumped as first base coach after the 2011 season. The timing coincides with the arrival of the new Mets' front office, led by General Manager Sandy Alderson. Wilson summed up his situation by stating,
"It's sad to admit this, but I have basically become a hood ornament for the Mets."
Wilson is referring to the fact that the Mets transitioned him into the role of organization ambassador after the 2010 season. Wilson claims he never received an explanation from the Mets' front office about why he was removed from his post, but claims he believes the organization is trying to distance itself from the 1986 team and its drug history.
The Mets released a statement to the Post when told of the excerpts, basically saying that they are happy Wilson accepted his role as roving instructor and team ambassador. The Mets didn't comment on the excerpts publicly, but they are most likely quite unhappy with Wilson's comments.
For his part, Wilson told Newsday's Jim Baumbach that the comments were included at a time when he was frustrated with the Mets. Wilson told Baumbach he has moved on from the disappointment and embraced his new role in the organization, and will make scheduled autograph appearances at Citi Field later in the season. The comments have opened up a can of worms the Mets can't be thrilled about, so this story likely isn't over. Stay tuned here at Mets 101 for all the latest on this developing situation.
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