Based on Dave Roberts’s comments that Jacob deGrom will follow Max Scherzer into the 2018 All-Star Game—perhaps a nod to the fact that deGrom would have gotten the deserved nod in a non-D.C. stadium—the Met righty will almost certainly have an opportunity to excel in the 2018 Midsummer Classic. What would he have to do to put himself on a list of the top Mets All-Star performances for (spoiler alert) a second time? Here’s a look back at the most notable and memorable Met performances on the All-Star stage:
Honorable Met-tion: Ron Hunt (1964, Shea Stadium)—Hunt went a quiet 1-3 in the 1964 game as the starting second baseman—alas, not even throwing in a signature HBP (as he did 243 times in his career), but as the first-ever New York Met elected to start the game, he gave fans of the fledgling franchise a personal rooting interest as Shea Stadium hosted the game in its inaugural season.
10. Jon Matlack (1975, Milwaukee County Stadium)—Matlack relieved his rotation-mate Tom Seaver in the seventh inning after Seaver served up a game-tying three-run home run to Carl Yazstremski in the bottom of the sixth. He twirled two scoreless innings, striking out four American League All-Stars, and became the pitcher of record when the National League got to Catfish Hunter and Goose Gossage in the top of the ninth in the 6-3 NL victory.
9. Lance Johnson (1996, Veterans Stadium)—En route to an MLB-leading and (still) Mets record 227-hit season, the One Dog didn’t stop hitting during the break, as he knocked out three more hits in the 1996 All-Star Game. Johnson played the entire game in center, going 3-4 with a stolen base. He led off the bottom of the first with a double, coming around to score the first run in a 6-0 NL triumph in which future Met Mike Piazza would be named the game’s MVP.
8. Carlos Beltran (2006, PNC Park)—In a game that Mets fans hoped would have postseason repercussions for their first place team, with the winner of the game earning home field advantage in the World Series, the Mets’ representatives did their part to secure victory for the NL. While Beltran saw his first inning double go to waste, he singled in the third (Alfonso Soriano was thrown out at the plate), stole third and came around on a wild pitch to give the NL a 2-1 lead that would hold up—until the ninth inning.
7. David Wright (2006, PNC Park)—The N.L. would lose that 2006 game courtesy of a Trevor Hoffman blown save, but the entire All-Star break was a coming out party for the Mets’ young star third baseman. Wright crushed 16 home runs in the first round of the Home Run Derby before falling to Ryan Howard in the final. Then, Wright promptly went yard in his first ever All-Star at-bat, tying the game at one in the bottom of the second inning and becoming just the second Met to ever homer in the game.
6. Jacob deGrom (2015, Great American Ball Park)—While only tossing a single inning—and against a less formidable lineup than some of the other pitching performances on the list—deGrom came about as close to an immaculate inning as possible in an All-Star game, electrifying the crowd while announcing his presence to a national audience, striking out the side on 10 pitches.
5. Tom Seaver (1970, Riverfront Stadium)—The ace of the defending World Champions started the 1970 game for the NL, pitching three scoreless innings while striking out four AL All-Stars, including future Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew. The game would remain scoreless until the sixth, with the NL rallying for three in the bottom of the ninth to tie, and winning 5-4 in 12 innings.
4. Tug McGraw (1972, Atlanta Stadium)—A year before “Ya Gotta Believe,” McGraw became the first Met to record a victory in the All-Star game in another NL comeback victory. McGraw came on in the top of the ninth to strike out the side, with his victims including Reggie Jackson and Bobby Grich. When the NL tied the game in the bottom of the frame, Tug came back out for the 10th to retire the side in order, adding a fourth strikeout—this time Carlton Fisk. He became the winning pitcher when Joe Morgan walked it off with an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th.
3. Matt Harvey (2013, Citi Field)—Delivering a stellar performance both before and during the second All-Star game ever hosted by the Mets, the Dark Knight delighted the capacity home crowd with two scoreless innings as the starter, striking out Miguel Cabrera, Jose Bautista, and Adam Jones—and even plunking a Yankee (Robinson Cano) to boot.
2. Dwight Gooden (1984, Candlestick Park)—As a 19 year-old rookie taking baseball by storm in 1984, Dr. K was a prime attraction in the 1984 game, and lived up to his burgeoning stardom. After Dodger ace Fernando Valenzuela struck out the side in the fourth, Gooden came on and matched the feat in the fifth—the six consecutive strikeouts something the Midsummer Classic hadn’t seen since Carl Hubbell’s legendary performance in the 1934 Game. Gooden would add a scoreless sixth in the NL’s 3-1 victory.
1. Lee Mazzilli (1979, Kingdome)—Dave Parker won the MVP of the 1979 All-Star Game, but it was the Mets’ lone representative in the 1979 game who tied the game in the top of the eighth with a pinch-hit home run down the left field line in the cavernous Kingdome, then worked a bases-loaded walk off of Ron Guidry in the top of the ninth to force home what would be the winning run in the NL’s 7-6 triumph.