Mets to retire Keith Hernandez No. 17
FINALLY! What every Mets fan said when they heard the news that Keith Hernandez no. 17 will be retired. It’s about time, right? Keith Hernandez’s name is synonymous with Mets success not only in the broadcast booth but as a player as well.
He helped turn this fledgling franchise into a juggernaut in the ’80s. The Mets were still in the midst of a rebuild in 1983 when the opportunity to trade for Hernandez came up. In a surprising move by the defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, they sent Hernandez packing to Queens where he found a team down in the dumps. That wouldn’t last for much longer as his leadership and great play became infectious. Keith helped turn this team around and in 1986 helped them to win the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
Once you win a World Series here you are pretty much royalty and that's what Hernandez became. I never got to see him play in real-time but I always heard stories and watched replays of some of his greatest plays. The guy is a legend and very deserving of this honor.
It will be great to sit along with Mets fans at Citi Field on July 9th to see Keith Hernandez take his rightful place with Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza, Jerry Koosman, Gil Hodges and Casey Stengel.