Mojo Rising Bracket: (8) Rick Reed vs. (9) Bernard Gilkey
(8) Rick Reed – Replacement player who pitched to help pay for his mother’s medical bills. Once had a chilly reception only to win people over with his pitching. His emergence in 1997 helped the Mets become an 88 win team. Was a two time All-Star. Was 1-1 with a 3.81 ERA in five postseason starts. Started last World Series game Mets won in Shea Stadium.
(9) Bernard Gilkey – Came to Mets in 1996 and had one of the greatest seasons in team history. Still single season record holder for doubles in a season. Recorded the first ever hit, run scored, and homer in the Subway Series when Interleague play began in 1997. Due to the way his eyes opened when he saw a pitch to hit, he had a cameo in Men in Black.