The Mets’ long-awaited first Corridor of Fame class since 2013 spanned varied eras of crew historical past, honoring two All-Star pitchers from the Seventies and ’80s and one on a regular basis common bridging the brand new millennium.
Jon Matlack, Ron Darling and Edgardo Alfonzo had been inducted Saturday in a pregame ceremony delayed greater than a 12 months as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. They had been the primary gamers so feted since Mike Piazza, who was in attendance Saturday, was enshrined eight years earlier.
“I didn’t actually notice till I acquired the decision that I used to be going within the Corridor of Fame final 12 months that I do have a spot right here, a spot of historical past on this group,” stated Darling, who posted 100 wins (together with one in Sport 4 of the 1986 World Collection) with the Mets from 1983-91 earlier than rejoining the group as a beloved TV broadcaster in 2006. “I’ve a spot within the historical past of this group. You don’t take into consideration issues like that.
“You don’t take into consideration legacies or any of that stuff when you’re dwelling your life. However when one thing like this occurs, it actually makes me sit again and say, ‘Wow, I’m actually honored that they’d consider me in that approach.’ ”
The 71-year-old Matlack joined Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman atop the Mets’ rotation and posted an 82-81 report with a 3.03 ERA (fourth-best in crew historical past) with two All-Star appearances from 1971-77. The lefty added two extra wins within the 1973 postseason run that ended with a seven-game loss to Oakland within the World Collection.
“I really feel like I’m extra of a giant deal now at 71 than I used to be at 27 or 28,” Matlack stated earlier than his Mets snagged a 5-4 comeback victory over the Reds. “I assume again once you’re enjoying, you don’t spend as a lot time specializing in issues that occurred.
“And once you replicate again on it years later, different folks have flavored what has occurred. It takes on a distinct shade, and it’s actually particular. I’m really honored to be a part of this group. Going into the Mets Corridor of Fame, it’s one thing I’ll treasure eternally, little question.”
Alfonzo, a key member of the Mets’ 2000 World Collection squad, performed eight seasons in Flushing from 1995-2002, batting .292 with 120 homers and an .812 OPS.
“I obtained the information and tears got here to my eyes as a result of once I performed right here, I by no means considered Corridor of Fame or nothing,” Alfonzo stated. “My spouse, she was nervous. She requested if one thing occurred. I stated, ‘No, don’t fear, one thing good occurred.’ ”
Authentic Met and longtime crew worker Al Jackson, who died in 2019, additionally was honored posthumously with the Corridor of Fame achievement award for 50 years with the group as a participant, coach and government.
“We have now the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s represented. And Al Jackson represented the ages,” Mets president Sandy Alderson stated.
Franchise dignitaries in attendance included Piazza, Ed Kranepool, Bobby Valentine, Keith Hernandez, Carlos Baerga, Rey Ordonez, TV announcer Gary Cohen and grasp of ceremonies Howie Rose.