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January 23, 2004
BASEBALL: The Last of the 86 Mets

You may have missed it, but Old Man River himself, Jesse Orosco, finally retired the other day at 46, after 24 seasons. Sports Center had a lot of fun with this, showing a picture of Jesse where his hat keeps changing teams and showing how you can connect Babe Ruth to Barry Bonds through his career in just a few degrees. (More amazingly, there are only five degrees of separation between Orosco and Cap Anson, the Hall of Famer present at the dawn of baseball).

Of course, even though he ended up pitching for 9 different teams, he will forever be a Met to me and the enduring image will always be him hurling his glove into the air in jubilation after striking out Marty Barrett to end the 1986 World Series. It is impossible to believe that it all happened almost 18 years ago and interesting to think that Orosco, who was already a veteran back then, leaves baseball having been the last active member of that Met team. If you had asked anyone back then which Met would be retiring in 2004 after an incredibly long, record-setting career, you would have guessed Dwight Gooden, who, without injuries and drug addiction, might now be wrapping up his career in glory like Roger Clemens. Instead, it was Jesse as they say, you never know.

UPDATE: You can read another good tribute here.

Posted by The Mad Hibernian at 11:44 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (1)

Here's the two facts about the length of Orosco's career that I liked the most: It started before 1)the invention of Rotisserie baseball and 2) ESPN.

Posted by: Devin McCullen at January 23, 2004 02:51 PM

On Gooden: Remember that he was actually BETTER than Clemens in those early years. What a waste.

Posted by: John Salmon at January 25, 2004 05:52 PM

my uncle jesse took his dads path (my grandpa raymond) to heart. i can almost remember how grandpa was to everybody he met! he always said "be true,not only to yourself but to others , and enjoy what you do til' you feel it's time to change.and most of all,don't be scared to start over and learn something new!". my uncle went beyond everyones expectations , and possibaly his own!it's hard to find a proffesional athlete nowaday's that does not have controversy sometime in his career.jesse stayed true to his family,baseball,and all the fans trying to find a true sports hero!

not just as a family member,but a fan. i would like to salute my uncle jesse FOR A CAREER WELL DONE!!!!

your nephew ,raymond robledo,jr.

Posted by: raymond robledo,jr. at January 31, 2004 03:00 AM

It's amazing, the stuff you'll find on the internet! I was just browsing, as I sometimes do, and I stumbled across Baseball Crank. I am the nephue of Jesse and have followed his baseball career, yes the whole thing! I am amazed at the reaction of people when they finally put two and two together and ask me if there is any relation. After nineteen years everybody can tell me where they were watching that particular game and that they remember my uncle throwing his glove into the air. It makes me proud and It proves that you can do anything you put your mind ( and talent ) to! If you read this Ray Robledo (my cousin) I miss you!!

Posted by: Raymond Orosco at March 26, 2004 02:23 PM
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