Two members of the Chicago White Sox coaching staff have reasons to celebrate this week. First, it’s third base coach Joe McEwing’s 40th birthday on Friday. “Super Joe” was a fan favorite (I would often imitate his pre-at bat routine growing up) for his hard-noised play and clutch at bats during rallies. Although his numbers in his five years as a Met aren’t grounds for enshrinement, his .243/.296/.348 slash line during his time with the Mets and ability to play every position on the field made an asset to the ball club.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura also has a special memory of today. On this date in 1999, Ventura hit the famous “Grand Slam Single” in the 15th inning of Game 5 of the NLCS. Although the Mets went on to lose the series in six games, this is one of the top moments in Mets history.