By 1979 the New York Mets were just a miserable Major League team. Mets fans hoped for any sort of hope. In fact, there was actually plenty in Triple-A. The remaining Shea Stadium faithful just didn't know it yet. The 1979 Tides would see the first true future impact player... another Met who should have made the All-Star team many times in his career but was continually overlooked. In the end however, no person influenced the game more or made a bigger impact on the 1986 Mets (not even Darryl) than this man who came to Tidewater and instantly broke the all time Stolen Base record for this ballpark. His name was "Mookie Wilson" and he batted .267 with 22 2B, 10 3B and 5 HR with a new record... 49 steals breaking Pepe Mangual's former record. Mookie would of course go on to tap that ball right between Bill Buckner's legs, ultimately causing the Mets to win the 1986 World Series. Mookie's best season came in 1982 when he hit .279 for the Mets and stole a career high 58 bases but was never considered for the All-Star team. Mookie would return to Tidewater in 1980 and break his own record batting a terrific .295 with 11 2B, 14 3B and 50 steals which would indeed become the all time Met Park record. Joining Mookie was 2x future All-Star Jesse Orosco (4-4, 3.89 in 1979 / 9-5, 3.31 in 1981 at Met Park). Orosco would have an incredible 24 year Major League career as a reliever... making the All-Star team with the Mets in 1983 (13-7-17 Sv, 1.47) coming in 3rd in Cy Young voting and again in 1984 (10-6-31 Sv, .2.59) becoming with Roger McDowell, a key lefty tandem in the 1986 playoffs and World Series out of the bullpen when he was 8-6-21 Sv with a 2.33 ERA on the season. Amazingly Orosco wasn't even the best future closer in the bullpen. That went to Jeff Reardon (5-2-5 Sv, 2.09) who went on to become only the 2nd "4x All-Star" player, joining John Stearns for that honor. Reardon would become a superstar elsewhere... as usual with the Mets trading the 4 time All-Star (along with the Tom Seaver trade prospect, Dan Norman) for Ellis Valentine who came to the Mets mid season to bat just .207... yet another lopsided horrible Mets trade. Reardon led the Majors in saves in 1985 posting a 2-8-41 Sv season with a 3.18. He would beat that in 1988 when he saved 42 games (2-4, 2.47) and again broke the 40 save mark in 1991 with the Red Sox (1-4-40 Sv, 3.03) in an amazing 16 year career. The 1979 Mets made it to the playoffs again with this team but lost in the 1st round.