2) Wilmer Flores was once a very young prospect in the New York Mets organization who was once considered as the heir apparent to David Wright
Flores, a natural shortstop, was thought not to have the range to play the position, and so was jockeyed around the infield filling in at all four infield positions. But in the midst of the 2015 run to the World Series, Flores was playing shortstop, and a pretty good shortstop, while seemingly always coming through with clutch base hits.
But it was while he was at shortstop, on July 30, 2015, that he began to fall apart. In this age of social media, word travels fast. And sometimes faster than it can be confirmed. The kid who literally grew up in the organization was told that he had been traded. The look of disappointment, of devastation, couldn’t be hidden.
Flores had given Mets fans a lot to cheer about with his bat, and on that night, he showed his passion for, and loyalty to, the New York Mets. Fans love you when you perform well. They applaud you when you play hard. And they cherish you when you show you have a deep heart rooted in the same organization they love.
Flores was pushed to cult hero status and didn’t disappoint. As he continued to give Mets fans a lot to cheer about with even more clutch hits and game-winning home runs. Flores is still adored by fans who were hoping he would be brought back to help ignite the offense of the 2022 club. A deadline trade would have certainly produced a hero’s welcome.