Mets Santa Curse Names Plawecki As Its Next Victim
If you’re a Mets fan, you have become well aware of the Santa Curse. The origin of the curse is not known, although some may suspect it is related to the miserly Jacob Marley or Ebeneezer Scrooge ways of the Wilpon Family.
If you are one who does not believe in curses or other such things we cannot possibly being to understand, here are those who have played Santa and their fate:
2004 – Mike Cameron
In the 2005 season, Cameron would be limited by injuries. The worst of those came on August 11th as he and Carlos Beltran both dove for the same ball and had a violent collision. He was hospitalized with a broken nose, multiple facial fractures, and a concussion. He would never play another game for the Mets again.
2005 – Kris Benson
Benson’s turn as Santa was highlighted not by Santa but by Mrs. Claus. To many, Mrs. Claus would be the reason Benson would be moved to the Orioles. For his efforts, Benson was personally slighted, and he watched on from Baltimore as the Mets won their first division crown in 18 years. In the ensuing offseason, Benson discovered he had a rotator cuff tear that would all but end his career.
2006 – David Wright
Yes, by WAR, Wright probably had the single greatest season by any Met not named Tom Seaver. Still, do you really want to argue the curse was broken when Wright was one of the player who watched on as the Mets seven game lead with 17 to play evaporated?
2007 – John Maine
After successive pleasantly surprising seasons, it was Maine’s turn to don the Santa suit. What ensued was an injury plagued season, where doctors were able to notice the rotator cuff strain, but they completely missed what was described as the largest bone spur ever removed from a shoulder. That wasn’t discovered until his season ending surgery. Maine was never the same after that.
2008 – Mike Pelfrey
After looking like the pitcher the Mets drafted in the first round in 2005, he would get the first ever start in Citi Field history, and he allowed Jody Gerut to homer in the first official at-bat. It was just the start of a tough year for Pelfrey where he would lead the majors in balks, and he would tie an all-time Mets record for three balks in a game. As is that wasn’t bad enough, he finished the year as the first qualifying Mets pitcher to have an ERA over 5.00.
2009 – Jeff Francoeur
After struggling most of the 2010 season, he would eventually be relegated to the bench in favor of Angel Pagan once Beltran came off the Disabled List.
2010 – David Wright
After being a healthy and extremely productive player for his entire career, Wright would be limited to just 102 games after suffering a stress fracture in his lower back. Sadly, Mets fans know what has happened to him since.
2011 – Daniel Murphy
So far, Murphy’s 2012 season probably ranks as the only season where a player made it through relatively unscathed even if his numbers took a big drop from the ones he put up in 2011. Also, this was the season where Sandy Alderson first began to publicly mull the idea of trading Murphy, which was something that would follow the second baseman for the rest of his Mets tenure.
2012 – R.A. Dickey
Coming off a magical year with the Mets where he won his first Cy Young Award, Dickey was traded away to the Toronto Blue Jays. With the Blue Jays, he would win his first Gold Glove Award, but he would also come crashing back to earth going 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA.
2013 – Daniel Murphy
Murphy apparently learned his lessons from the first go-round as Santa, and he would become an All Star for the first time in his career. Still, none of that would shield him from the hysteria and criticism that would be levied his way by people like Boomer Esiason for having the audacity to be there for his wife when she gave birth to their first child.
2014 – Jenrry Mejia
After playing Santa, Mejia would test positive for PEDs not once, not twice, but three times. Only the Mets could have Santa permanently banned from baseball.
2015 – Steven Matz
With the Mets fresh off a pennant, Matz was a frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year. His dreams of winning that award or pitching in the postseason again were shelved when he had to have season ending surgery to remove what was described as a massive bone spur.
2016 – Noah Syndergaard
The invincible Thor refused to have an MRI, and he would have to leave an April 30th game against the Nationals with a torn lat. For all intents and purposes, it was a season ending injury.
2017 – Kevin Plawecki
With the exception of Murphy, no one has really gotten through the Santa Curse unscathed. Seeing what happened to the aforementioned Mets, it almost seems cruel to bestow this “honor” on a catcher who finally seemed to figure things out after struggling for over two years.