With the All-Star Game happening on Tuesday night, we figured it’d be a good time to look back at some of the best performances by Mets players in the midsummer classic.
Dwight Gooden in 1984
In 1984, then-19-year-old Dwight Gooden became the youngest player ever to be featured in an All-Star Game. He naturally took the opportunity to show off his stuff by striking out the side with ease. He came in leading the league in strike outs and it was obvious by the end of the inning why that was the case.
David Wright in 2006
David Wright got a chance to represent the Mets in the All-Star Game for the first time in 2006. He came up to bat in the second inning and swung at the first pitch he saw sending it over the left field wall.
Unfortunately for us Mets fans, the broadcast was interviewing someone, so Wright’s home run never got a proper call from Joe Buck. Actually, come to think of it, maybe it’s better that way.
Wright has appeared in seven All-Star Games with the last one coming in 2013. He’s hit .389 in those seven games (7-for-18).
Matt Harvey in 2013
Citi Field held its first ever All-Star Game in 2013. It was fitting, of course, that the Mets ace, Matt Harvey, would get the start. The 24-year-old Harvey was having a spectacular season up until that point posting a 2.35 ERA through the first half of the season.
After allowing the first two batters to reach base, Harvey buckled down, and retired the next six in a row over two innings. Man, I miss that Matt Harvey.
Jacob deGrom in 2015
A year after winning the Rookie of the Year award, Jacob deGrom was sole representative for the Mets in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Jake showed why he’d be the most reliable pitcher later on during the Mets World Series run that same year as he fired missile after missile at every hitter that stepped up to the plate.
Like Gooden before him, deGrom struck out the side, but did so just needing 10 pitches. It was something incredible to behold, so much so that Joe Buck was left giving praises to the Mets’ stud.