MBTN readers rock! Check out the photo here from Richard from Dix Hills, who was down at Lake Buena Vista this afternoon and delivered this heartwarming photo of Mookie Wilson back wearing the number God intended for him. As everyone knows, No. 1 has been occupied for more than three years by Luis Castillo, whose departure Friday caused some mixed feeling here. And let’s face it, the idea he had somehow usurped Mookie’s birthright was one of the reasons so few were sad to see him go.
But let’s be fair to Castillo for a change and acknowledge that while he’ll never go down as anyone’s favorite No. 1, he stuck around long enough and accomplished in sufficient enough quantities to rank higher than most others who have shared the No. 1 jersey. Would you believe that as we approach 50 seasons of Mets history, only Mookie has appeared in more games wearing No. 1? Castillo’s.274 career batting average with the Mets trails only Lance Johnson’s .326, Richie Ashburn’s .306 and Mookie’s own .276 among all players to wear No.1 for the Mets. Here’s how it all shakes out among the top No. 1s in Mets history, ranked by games played in the jersey — Vince Coleman’s 1993 wearing No. 11 doesn’t count: