The New York Mets aren’t a franchise known for clobbering a lot of home runs in their history. This is a fact that has carried over into the All-Star Game. Entering the 2022 Midsummer Classic, the list of Mets to go yard in the summer’s best exhibition game is limited to two.
Has a Mets player ever hit a home run in the All-Star Game?
The two Mets players to go deep in the All-Star Game are, fortunately, names you should know. The first was way back in 1979 when disco was still a thing and gas prices were outrageous. At least right now we don’t have disco.
Lee Mazzilli was the man called to represent the Mets in this game. At Seattle’s Kingdome, he stepped up to the plate in the top of the eighth inning to face Jim Kern. Mazzilli’s National League squad trailed 6-5. After one big swing from him, the game was all tied up.
Interestingly enough, Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez made the second and third outs of the innings. Little did anyone know at the time that only a few years later they’d all be teammates on the 1986 Mets.
Mazzilli’s home run was the first in All-Star history by a Mets player. He did it as a reserve player. In 2006, someone did it as a starter and in his first at-bat.
David Wright was voted onto the National League All-Star team in 2006 and made the most of his appearance. In a matchup between Brad Penny and Kenny Rogers on the mound (who would have guess?), Wright mimicked Mazzilli’s dinger by tying the game.
Although it was just the bottom of the second, Wright’s home run tied the game one. The National League would score only one more time. It was on a wild pitch the following inning which plated Carlos Beltran.
Two Mets have hit home runs in the All-Star Game. Fans eagerly await for Pete Alonso or perhaps even someone else to be the third.