CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN FRANCO BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN US

Yesterday the New York Mets announced that John Franco will be indicted into the team’s Hall of Fame this coming season with the pomp and circumstance commencing on June 3rd.

There has been much speculation this winter on who would be selected as the next honoree to the Mets HOF, some folks feel Mike Piazza should have been named and of course he should but it looks like the Mets are waiting for his enshrinement into the Baseball Hall of Fame so they can throw a really big shindig with Mets HOF honors and a number retiring ceremony as well.

Franco gets the honor this season for many reasons, he played 14 seasons with the Mets, holds the record for most saves in franchise history and most importantly he’s a Wilpon loyalist. Franco holds a job with the club sort of like the Mets Ambassador to Public Functions, in which he’s perfectly suited for. Late season, he volunteered his services to mentor Bobby Parnell in finding his way to the craft of closing baseball games, which if I were the pitching coach I would have strongly voiced my opposition to but it seems the front office didn’t have a problem with since it seems the GM really has no use for Parnell as we see with the addition of Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco which relegates to Parnell to fighting for a bullpen job.    

As I say, I really don’t want to piss in the punch here on Franco’s honor of Mets Hall of Famer but in my opinion, this year’s Mets Hall of Fame honoree should have been us, the New York Mets Fan.  How great a ceremony would it be to honor the long suffering Mets fan? The team could have selected the longest tenure season ticket holder to accept the award in our behalf and then commission a plaque with a nice mosaic of Mets fans who may be the most diverse of all sports teams in this town.  What better way to celebrate 50 years of Mets baseball than honoring the folks who really are the heart and soul of the organization, the Mets fan. Without us there is no NY Mets and in this upcoming season of apparent discontent, what better way to show how much we mean to this organization but to honor is with a plaque in the Hall of Fame.

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  1. C’mon Krane, you know better than that. The last people that this organization ever recognizes are the fans. For crying out loud, there may not be a worse organization in all of sports in understanding its fan base. You’re not wrong, just wrong about the team that you would think would do that. The Giants I could see doing something like that. The Mets? Please pass the bong, I want some, too.

  2. Franco in any HOF = DISGRACE

  3. The Mike Piazza lovefest has to stop. JF pitched for us for 14 years!!!!!! He is hte all time leader in appearances and saves………..Mike is hte all time leader in____________ you fill it in.

  4. Paul, I have no problems with the Mets honoring Franco, I have always thought that he was under appreciated by the fan base. As for Piazza, let’s face it, best hitter the team has ever had. I love Keith Hernandez, but he was not the power hitter that Piazza was.

  5. I second that motion. He blew almost as many games as he saved. How many trips to Shea were ruined by this guys ninth inning disasters??

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