Nelson Figueroa is like you. The difference between us and him is that he achieved his childhood goal: to pitch for the orange and blue. Ever since I was 5 all I have ever wanted to do is play for the Mets. Heck, I still want to play for them but unless I get a Henry Rowengartner type injury and come back throwing gas my goal will never come true. He is one of that made it, and in this age where we hear how people don’t wanna play for the Mets, it’s nice to have a guy who would only want to play for the Mets.
Nelson grew up in the shadows of Shea Stadium and after a very long journey through the minors and playing several different countries, he finally got the chance to pitch in Queens. Figgy has had many ups and downs through his time with the Mets and he has been sent back and forth to the minors more times then I can count.
The most heart warming moment that I can remember for a long time at a Mets game was when Nelson’s family came out to watch him pitch in his Shea debut. His dad fully attired in an authentic Figueroa 27 jersey acted the way I would if my son were to pitch for the Mets. They had a great interview and you could see the emotion involved in that night. Nelson pitched great that night but not as well as he did in game 162 in 2009. Imagine if he pitched that way in the last game of 07 or 08?
There is not one person I am pulling for more this spring then Nelson, I hope he can make the squad anyway possible from 5th starter to long man. He deserves a shot for all he has put up with to continue being a Met. He would do anything to stay here as he bleeds orange and blue. I definitely feel that he deserves a shot at being a part of the 25 man roster.
Every interview reminds me that he is just a Mets fan with a dream and he made it to where we all wished we would be. In a way, cheering for Figgy is like cheering for every six year old kid dreaming of being a Met. Nelson, best of luck this spring and I hope to see you in Queens!!!!