Number 47. What a great number that was back in the day. Two players to come mind when I think of that number and one of them was indeed a captivating player. You are probably thinking of the wrong player.
After watching four innings of the Mets game last night, I began thinking of a player that my little sister and myself absolutely loved. This player had it all. He had looks, speed, flexibility, capability…he was the whole package.
I have never seen such a utility player like him since I started really following the Mets. I am talking about the great Joe “Super Joe” McEwing.
He came to mind as I watched Fernando Tatis playing first place. I am still scratching my head over this. Why people seem to think that it is okay to put a third baseman by trade at first base is beyond me. I never understood why people think that just because you play one infield position, you can play them all. Or better yet, you can play the outfield.
The thought of that hurts my head.
You want to talk about a player who play all positions? You cannot do that without talking about Super Joe. He played every position, including catcher. I bet he could even pitch. Any chance we can convince him to quit being a manager for the White Sox single A team?
He made every play look easy and he could somewhat hit. Joe McEwing had to be on of the biggest fan favorites in Mets history. But make no mistake. He had his high and low points just like every other player. Ironically, both points were with the Mets: .283 in 2001 and .199 BA in 2002.
Yet he made contributions that did not include hitting. He did the little things that helped his team win.
From what I saw, he went into every game with positive thinking. He did not let a bad stretch discourage him. I do not remember a time when he was ever boo-ed by the fans. When he would strike out, you would feel bad for him and wish him luck at his next at-bat.
There was no way to possibly be upset with him.
When he went to the Kansas City Royals in 2004, I felt a crucial part of the Mets left with him. Which part? His heart. Joe McEwing had such a passion for baseball. You saw it in his eyes and in his play.
It is no wonder my sister and I loved him. There is no doubt in my mind that at some point, he will have his shot at managing in the majors.
These 2010 Mets could learn a lot from him. They could learn what it really means to play the game of baseball with all of your heart and all of your soul. To just go out on that freshly cut green field and do your very best. To just leave your heart out on that field after every game to show their fans that they truly are trying.
Instead of bringing in hitting instructors and fielding instructors, they should have just brought in Joe McEwing. I mean, the people they are bringing in are clearly having no effect on this team.