By Gem Tablak
There’s nothing better when there’s a player out there that you like & is on another team but your favorite team scoops him up. I definitely felt a great amount of joy when the Mets had picked up Carlos Delgado.
The Mets & Florida Marlins had struck a deal in November of 2005 that would send Delgado to New York for then 1st base prospect Mike Jacobs along side 2 minor leaguers. The trade would end up being a complete steal for the Mets as they would end up with one of the best left handed hitters in the game.
To bring it to date, Carlos Delgado may or may not be a Hall of Famer, but him dropping off the ballot in his first year of eligibility is a complete disgrace to the BBWAA.
He ended his career with 473 HR’s, 1512 RBI’s with his slash line at .280/.383/.546 & a .929 OPS. That’s a Hall of Famer to me.
Will Button: In The season of 2008 Carlos Delgado was beginning to start his decline after having 2 stellar season with the Mets after being traded from the Marlins.
Before June 27, he was hitting .229 avg and went 2-22 after he got his last RBI. The next series was against the crosstown rival NY Yankees.
This would be the first game of a day-night doubleheader played in two different ballparks. The afternoon game took place in Yankee Stadium with the Yankees as the home team and the evening game took place in Shea with the Mets as the home team.
The Mets came into Yankee stadium with a record of 38-39 against a Yankee team who had recent bragging rights in the city and a 42-36 record to back it up. The game started off the game continuing his woes with a strikeout and at the end of 3 it was a 4-3 Yankee lead.
In the 5th Delgado sparked the offense with a 2 run double which then gave the Mets a 5-4 lead and they never looked back after that getting another run to make it 6-4 at the end of 5.
Then came the next inning and Delgado was up to the plate with the bases loaded and on a 3-1 count hits a line drive bomb to right center field.
By then the lead was 11-4 and game was out of reach all momentum was in the Mets favor. To add insult to injury in the 8th Delgado hits another towering shot to right field this time a 3-Run HR to make it 15-5.
The game ended with a final score of 15-6, Mets inter city bragging rights, a depleted Yankees team and Carlos Delgado breaking the team record held my David Kingsman for having the most RBI’s in one game with 8…Delgado finished with 9. Till this day no Mets player has had a game like this since.
Thanks for the memories Carlos.