Last weekend, New York Mets home favorite, Nelson Figueroa, had his number retired by his alma mater baseball team over at Brandeis University.
He was there to attend the baseball alumni game. There was a private ceremony afterwards to have it retired.
The college paper, The Justice, had it all covered.
Here’s what Figgy had to say about the honor:
It’s just an exciting time right now. To be honored in this fashion, it’s hard to put into words what it means.
But for someone who’s going to see that jersey number retired, and ask why, and hear the story behind it, it’s going to be something that forever lives on at Brandeis and hopefully inspire[s] some future dreamers.
To say Figueroa has had a great end-of-year is an understatement. At the beginning of the year it was bumpy after being in the minors, put on waivers, leaves the Mets and comes back at his own will. I would have told the Mets where to go.
Figueroa had other plans in mind. I’m sure his thoughts were along the lines of proving everybody wrong in this organization. He did just that.
He made it to the AAA All-Star game, came back to the majors, pitched as a starter and kicked butt starting eight games and ending the season with a 3.22 ERA. Figgy even got the endorsement of Jeff Wilpon when Wilpon said Figueroa was his favorite player to watch.
Did I mention he got the Most Valuable Pitcher award for the minor league team? Yeah! He is just that awesome.
His best game? The last game of the season against the Houston Astros.
Head over to The Justice to read the full article. Ian Cutler did an awesome job.
Congratulations to Nelson Figueroa! You earned it. Now maybe the Mets can learn a thing or two about retiring jersey’s of your most beloved players.