Is Keith Hernandez the best Mets player of the 1980s? Maybe.
Imagine Matt Harvey was caught in the clubhouse smoking a cigarette as the Mets were about to lose the World Series? (I’m reminded it was actually drinking beer in the manager’s office.) Hell would break loose. Keith does it, and it’s cool.
Imagine Matt Harvey went on a popular sitcom playing a version of himself who thinks he is some sort of ladies man? Hell would break loose. Keith does it, and it’s cool.
“Massive” amounts of cocaine? Nobody cares.
Keith has IT. You can’t teach IT.
Keith could steal your girlfriend and you’d be like – well he’s Keith Hernandez, I guess it’s OK.
The guy didn’t want to be here, and walked out as The Captain.
Us 80’s kids learned that there was a whole other way of playing first base that was something other than sticking the slow fat kid over there to catch routine baseballs.
I’m not going to pull up the stats and tell you that he was 5th in this and 3rd in that. Doesn’t matter.
If you watched the Mets in the 80s you know what this guy did for the team. And that’s why he can steal your girlfriend.
The stats might not show it, but is Keith Hernandez the best Mets player of the 1980s? Maybe.
Still in doubt? You can pick one number to retire – 16, 17 or 18. 17 wins.