Good Mets known for one bad moment – Luis Castillo
I saved the most controversial take for last. That’s right. I’m saying it. Luis Castillo was a good member of the Mets.
The light-hitting second baseman slashed .274/.366/.324 with the team which fell well below expectations. However, injuries are to blame for most of his shortcomings. Castillo only managed to reach 400 plate appearances once in his four years as a member of the organization. The year he did, the man hit .302.
Still, Castillo was a major disappointment and not someone we usually think of as “good.” The numbers, I believe justify this label. But yes, he’s the weakest of the bunch on this list.
We don’t really remember any of those good times by Castillo for what he did in a June 2009 game versus the Yankees. With two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Rodriguez popped one up to shallow right field. Castillo looked to have an eye on it and I suppose he did. What he didn’t have was a ready glove.
The ball dropped from the Bronx air and into Castillo’s glove only to then pop right out of it again. Both runners scored and the Mets lost the game.
This flub by Castillo didn’t have nearly the same impact as the Beltran strikeout, Familia quick-pitch, or Duda throw. Somehow, it hurts just as much. Maybe it’s because of all 29 teams they could have been facing, this one took place versus the Yankees.
The 2009 Mets were the first to signify the club was headed in the wrong direction. The Castillo error to end this game represented well how the team was on the decline despite seemingly having a winning season within reach.
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Which other Mets do you remember most for one bad play?