Mo Vaughn Goes MIA
I’ll start with a story that always seemed a mystery to me. The Mets traded for one of the all-time memorable players in history – Mo Vaughn – in 2001, despite Vaughn missing the entire 2001 season due to injury.
His brief time in New York is best remembered for a monstrous home run in 2002 against the Atlanta Braves that would’ve also cleared the fence at Citi Field, had the giant scoreboard at Shea Stadium and lack of time travel ability not gotten in the way.
That home run is the first thing I think about when Mo Vaughn comes to mind. Then I go on to wonder just where exactly he was in early May 2003, when the team was in Colorado and nobody – not even Jay Horowitz – could get in touch with him.
The story is that Vaughn was continuing to have trouble with his left knee and was in search of a second opinion before accepting that his season was most likely over. While the team was on the road, so was Mo, except that there was a good amount of time the two sides weren’t in contact.
The conventional thinking is Vaughn was bummed about his knee and the likely end of his career. The rest of us spent 2003 bummed about the play on the field on the way to a 66-95 record.