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Two Thumbs WAY Up for Fonzie

We interrupt this Carlos Zambrano-Tom Glavine pitchers’ duel to bring you the following bulletin:

Fonzie’s home.

Almost.

It’s just a minor league deal. It may very well amount to little more than an organizational favor to someone who still has family working as a coach in the minors. There’s no obvious spot on a first-place roster for a diminished Giant, a wingless Angel, a grounded Jay, a Bluefish out of water.

But we can always use one of the greatest Mets ever.

Here’s a flashback for your Saturday. Think back to 1986 when Lee Mazzilli was brought back from the distant past. Mazz couldn’t stick with the cellar-dwelling Pirates but did manage to find a role — key pinch-hitter delivering crucial pinch-hits — on the eventual world champion Mets, the same franchise he starred for when there was little else glittery about them.

That’s not Edgardo Alfonzo’s backstory. The last time there were meaningful Septembers and full Octobers on this team’s calendar, it was as much because of Fonzie as anybody else in blue and orange. From 1997 through 2000, Fonzie was arguably the Mets’ most valuable player. He was at the vanguard of the resurrection, preceding Piazza, outlasting Olerud. I don’t need to jury-rig the parameters, though. Edgardo Alfonzo’s value from then needs no explanation. His greatness in terms of Mets history should be within the common grasp of easy recall.

Now? Who knows? He hit for some average in San Francisco, but his power dwindled to practically nil. His infield range wasn’t much more expansive. But I never heard that Edgardo Alfonzo stopped being smart and stopped being wise. I hope that the 25-man roster as currently composed remains airtight and proves completely healthy. But if, uh, you know, there’s an opening for a familiar face who’s always understood how to play baseball, it’s good to know he’s on the company payroll once again.

Edgardo Alfonzo, Norfolk Tide, one step removed from being Edgardo Alfonzo, New York Met. I do believe there’s a rain delay behind my glasses.

10 comments to Two Thumbs WAY Up for Fonzie

  • Anonymous

    Let's hope that somehow….
    Although right now one would have to say that J.Franco's occupying his spot somewhat capably.

  • Anonymous

    It's nice to see this organization still has some sentimentality. But speaking of nepotism in the minors, there is a member of the Cyclones' grounds crew who rakes the field (and dances) during the 7th inning stretch, and, I swear, he is definitely Carlos Delgado's younger brother. Go there. See for yourself.

  • Anonymous

    While we're here, one of the security guys who checked my bag at Shea recently had a very interesting ID badge: Jose Reyes. I asked if he ever met the “other” Jose. I don't think he understood my question.

  • Anonymous

    There were two kids on my baseball team whose surnames happened to be “Reyes” and “Wright.” (Reyes was a third baseman, Wright an outfielder, but still…) It was endlessly amusing to me.

  • Anonymous

    We can always use more of whatever it is they've got. Considering Fonzie as potential team sage, though, it's instructive that the birth certificates have Julio and Edgardo some 15 years apart.

  • Anonymous

    If it's while God Bless America is playing, then I believe you…

  • Anonymous

    Isn't Cliff Floyd's brother a security guard at Shea?

  • Anonymous

    I've gotta wear my Mets number 13 jersey to a Tides game next week and hope I can meet the man who is one of my All Time favorite Mets.

  • Anonymous

    WELCOME HOME FONZIE!!!
    We missed you. Hurry up to the majors. And if you pass Bernard Gilkey tell him his soup's getting cold.

  • Anonymous

    True.
    One way or another, he belongs on our October roster.