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Mets to continue 1986 commemorations with weekend celebration

By Michelle Ioannou
Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former players from left Darryl Strawberry , Mookie Wilson and Cleon Jones throw out the ceremonial pitches before game five of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former players from left Darryl Strawberry , Mookie Wilson and Cleon Jones throw out the ceremonial pitches before game five of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Mets are hosting a 1986 weekend May 27-29

This 1986 reunion will occur during a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, even though I truly do wish this series was actually against the Boston Red Sox. However, I am not going to complain as it’s entirely awesome that the Mets are holding this weekend.

In my opinion, it was honestly necessary as we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the last Mets’ World Series win. The more attention to this, the better.

Almost the entire ’86 team will be attending this reunion, including manager Davey Johnson. Those who are unable to make it are Roger McDowell, Mel Stottlemyre and Doug Sisk. Gary Carter will also very much be missed, as well as hitting coach Bill Robinson and bullpen coach Vern Hoscheit who have all unfortunately passed away.

Fans that are attending the Friday, May 27th game will receive a 1986 championship-themed t-shirt, as it is Free Shirt Friday. Those attending the Saturday, May 28th game will get to witness a special pregame ceremony that honors the championship team. For Sunday’s May 29th festivities, the first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a 1986 replica championship ring.

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From the sounds of it, the ’86 team is excited to reunite. Mets great Mookie Wilson confirms:

"“I’m looking forward to having the guys together in a setting that’s around the ball field,” Wilson said. “We’ve gotten together before with reunions and at card shows, but never around the atmosphere of baseball.”“It feels like just yesterday, because it’s always a topic of discussion. Everything is alive because people are always talking about it. We get together on a regular basis. I see the players on a regular basis. It seems like it all happened just yesterday.”"

The Mets are already wearing their 1986 uniforms at every Sunday home game. It’s great that they’re having this weekend as well, and that they’re getting almost the entire team back together again. It’ll be a real treat both for Mets in attendance and watching at home, but also for the players themselves.

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