Tonight at 7, prior to the pregame show, SNY takes us back to the bridge linking the fetid past with the promising future via Mets Yearbook: 1983. The campaign in question yielded the Mets’ seventh consecutive terrible record (68-94) but ended on a reasonably high note (31-29). More foretelling, the season marked the Met debuts of Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez along with the continued establishment of Mookie Wilson and Hubie Brooks. Mix in George Foster’s return to competence, Jesse Orosco’s emergence as relief ace and the late-year glimpses of rookie pitchers Ron Darling and Walt Terrell, and suddenly it didn’t seem so crazy that 1984 might not be as bad as everything that had immediately preceded it.
But that was for another year. For tonight, enjoy the hint of things to come.
Image courtesy of “Mario Mendoza…HOF lock” at Baseball-Fever.