In the first part of the 2017 season, an article purportedly from the Village Voice began making its way around social media. The piece was presented as an interview with members of the 1986 team and was titled “Favorite Dinosaurs of the Mets.” As MLB points out, the entire article is bogus.
However, I (and the many readers who submitted this story as a suggestion) don’t care that it is completely fake. While the entire piece is worth a read, it became famous on #MetsTwitter for one simple reason: Mookie Wilson’s quote about dinosaurs.
Presented with absolutely no other context:
“When I’m in a slump, I comfort myself by saying if I believe in dinosaurs, then somewhere, they must be believing in me. And if they believe in me, then I can believe in me. Then I bust out.”
This is pure gold. How many coaches have lost sleep at night wondering how to motivate their players to reach their full potential? How many are going to pull this quote out to help a hitter get out of a slump? I hope the answer is “all of them.”
I admit that I was discouraged reading that this quote from Mookie is fake. You could say that it put me in a slump.
And when I’m in a slump, I comfort myself by saying if I believe that Mookie Wilson believes in dinosaurs, then somewhere, he must be believing in me.