Tom Seaver was the last and really only Mets' player to have his number retired. Up until today, the Mets viewed putting uniform numbers out of circulation for only those rare exceptions--Seaver was The Franchise, Gil Hodges the manager who guided the lovable losing Mets into World Champions, and Casey Stengel was the HOF skipper who got it all started as their first pilot. Jackie Robinson's 42, of course, is retired everywhere.
So by retiring Piazza's number, can the Mets really stop there?
There is big money in retiring numbers and the cash-strapped Mets, temporarily at least even more so after the Yoenis Cespedes signing, need the money. A Piazza weekend is set for this summer and the festivities will no doubt bring in legions of the former catcher's fans. The promotional opportunities are endless.
And that leads us to others in Mets' history who are at least as deserving as Piazza. Keith Hernandez, for his imprint on the organization's turnaround, is a no-brainer. Then there's Darryl Strawberry, still their all-time home run leader. Doc Gooden. Mookie Wilson. Gary Carter. Some would even argue John Franco.
A can of worms has been opened. It will be interesting to see where it leads.