New York Mets offspring are having an amazing 2018 sports season
By Tim Boyle
The sons of two former members of the New York Mets organization, Ronald Acuna Sr. and Pat Mahomes Sr., are having terrific sports seasons in 2018.
If you want to feel old, well, take note of how many children of former New York Mets are now playing professional sports. Two notable juniors are now in the highest league of their respective sport, dominating the competition.
In MLB, there’s Ronald Acuna of the Atlanta Braves. The son of a former Mets prospect of the same name, he had a stellar rookie year.
Back in 1999, Acuna’s father began his playing career with the organization. He stuck with them through 2004, actually putting up some productive numbers on the farm. By his own admission, a lack of discipline toward practice, hustle, and getting in shape led to his demise.
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Over in another professional sport, the NFL, another son of a former Met is getting noticed. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the son of a pitcher of the same name, has also done his part in making us feel old.
Pat Mahomes, the elder of the two, pitched for the Mets in 1999 and 2000. He had his best season in that first year in New York, going 8-0 with a 3.68 ERA out of the bullpen. The following season saw his ERA rise up to 5.46, one point lower than what he’d end his career total with.
Neither Acuna Sr. nor Mahomes Sr. is at the top of the list for lists that include memorable players. Thanks to their sons, their names have re-entered our vocabulary.
Soon enough, we may see each of these sons of former Mets win MVPs in their respective league. Mahomes is an early favorite in the 2018 NFL season with Acuna likely to win Rookie of the Year after his first 111 big league games.
The future is bright for both of these young men. As a result, we have to all believe that perhaps one day the children of other obscure players will do the same.
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