The Mets have traded Tom Seaver
Another huge moment in Mets history involving Seaver would have had the internet going nuts. A little more than ten years after they were able to secure him as a member of their organization, the Mets traded The Franchise away on June 15, 1977.
I understand the Mets winning it all in 1969 would have gotten people excited on social media and the 1973 season would have done something similar. However, the pain of Seaver getting traded would have been much bigger and brought out the Frank Flemings from 40+ years ago.
The Midnight Massacre that occurred way back in the day remains a topic fans talk about today. My parents hadn’t even met yet so I can only take the word of older folks as to what this meant.
There hasn’t been a Mets trade of this level since. As huge as the acquisition of Mike Piazza was in 1998, it’s these doom-and-gloom moments that I think have the potential to shut down Al Gore’s greatest invention.
Imagine, if in today’s world, the Mets were to trade Jacob deGrom. I think trading away Seaver was far bigger because of the way baseball worked back then. Free agency was brand new and it wasn’t often you saw all-time greats switch teams. The Mets would have been the talk of the sports world following this trade and plenty of the national pundits would have had a field day ripping them apart.