Mets’ Misfortunes: From Firecrackers to Torn Tendons

Mets’ Misfortunes: From Firecrackers to Torn Tendons

On Wednesday night, Edwin Diaz suffered a torn patellar tendon while celebrating a Puerto Rico victory in the World Baseball Classic.

The injury was unexpected and random, but it aligns with a lengthy list of past agonizing moments in the history of the New York Mets.

One of the incidents that prompted the “that’s so Mets” reactions was when outfielder Vince Coleman threw a firecracker into a group of Dodger Stadium fans in 1993, injuring three people.

Coleman was charged with a felony but pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

In 2021, it was revealed that Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme “nearly ruined the Mets” due to the losses sustained by Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who had invested with Madoff.

During Game 6 of the 1999 NLCS, Rickey Henderson and Bobby Bonilla played cards in the clubhouse after Henderson was removed.

The Mets eventually lost the game.

Then-Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was charged with assaulting his father-in-law in a tunnel outside the Mets’ clubhouse at Citi Field in 2010 following a loss to the Rockies.

In 2017, a video revealed the team mascot, Mr. Met, giving fans the middle finger, resulting in the Mets issuing an apology.

In July 2006, Duaner Sanchez was involved in an accident in a Miami taxi, causing a separated right shoulder requiring surgery.

He didn’t pitch again for the Mets until the 2008 season.

Starting pitcher Bob Ojeda nearly severed part of the middle finger on his pitching hand with electric hedge clippers in September 1988, forcing him to undergo surgery.

He missed the playoffs, and the Mets lost in the NLCS to the Dodgers.

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