Since 1962, only two New York Mets players have hit home runs in the All-Star Game.
Mazzilli certainly produced for the Mets in his time with them. However, he hardly put together the career Wright did.
In his lone All-Star appearance in 1979, Mazzilli hit the first home run in Mets All-Star history. The eighth inning solo shot helped the National League tie the game at six. It was a pinch-hit home run against pitcher Jim Kern. If you check your history books, you’ll see that this was the first pinch-hit home run in an MLB All-Star Game.
Mazzilli added to this notable All-Star performance with a bases-loaded walk in the in the ninth inning which plated Joe Morgan.
Almost three full decades later, Wright hit the second home run in the franchise’s history while representing the Amazins in the Midsummer Classic. Much like Mazzilli, it was his first appearance. The difference is that Wright played in plenty more.
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Wright’s home run took place in the second inning of the 2006 All-Star Game. Again, like Mazzilli, it tied the game.
The Mets have not had an illustrious history when it comes to the All-Star Game. However, there are a couple performances at the plate worth tipping the cap at.
In 1996, Lance Johnson singled twice and doubled. He set a new high for hits by a Met player in the All-Star Game.
A decade later, Jose Reyes tied Johnson’s three-hit total with a trio of his own. Reyes did this in 2007, one year after Wright’s home run.
It may be a while until we see another Mets player trot around the bases. Reyes’ double in 2007 is the last extra-base hit anyone representing the orange and blue has mustered.
Perhaps one day we’ll see Brandon Nimmo smack a line drive into the right-field corner and leg out a triple. If we’re really lucky, we’re only a few years away from seeing Peter Alonso end the home run drought.
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Until the bats wake up in the regular season, let’s not hold our breath.