4) Inducting a new class into the Mets Hall of Fame
Less than three months ago, the Mets inducted a special class into the team's Hall of Fame. Comprised of Al Leiter, Howard Johnson, Gary Cohen, and Howie Rose, the group represented almost 40 years of Mets history.
Leiter was one of the mainstays of the late '90s/early 2000s Mets teams that also featured Mike Piazza and Robin Ventura, among others. His two-hit shutout in a one-game playoff against the Reds in 1999 is one of the most impressive performances in Mets history.
HoJo, like Goodwen and Strawberry, was an important part of the '86 team, and he was one of the most versatile players of his era, a switch-hitter with speed that still ranks fourth on the Mets' all-time home run list and third on the team's all-time stolen base list.
Cohen and Rose have been two of the most instrumental pieces in making Mets broadcasts on both TV and radio arguably the best in the business. Seriously, SNY broadcasts of Nationals games are blacked out where I live, and I have to watch on mute to avoid losing my mind.
Inducting this foursome into the Mets Hall of Fame was a no-brainer, but for years the Mets failed at doing the easy things. Steve Cohen has put an emphasis on appreciating those that have given so much to the organization, both past and present, and for Mets fans, it's exciting to see.
I'd be remiss not to mention Jay Horwitz, who was also honored with the Mets Hall of Fame Achievement Award for his decades of service as the Mets' Media Relations Director.
Events such as these strengthen the connection fans have with the team, while also rewarding those that have made us proud to root for the blue and orange. Here's hoping that there are many more in the future. With Steve Cohen at the helm, I think there will be.