A day after the Mets finalized his $23 million, three-year contract, Walker stated he was aced out of his most popular jersey quantity by the rotund mascot with the baseball-shaped head.
“I used to be 44 rising up, and I lastly bought it with the Mariners in 2016,” Walker stated Tuesday. “After which I ended up getting traded on the finish of the 12 months, and after I bought traded to the Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt was No. 44. So I used to be, OK, I’m by no means going to get that once more.”
So Walker thought: “What quantity can put on that not lots of people within the league have it?”
He selected 99.
“And I feel the one means I don’t put on 99 is that if I get traded to the Yankees,” he stated. “So I used to be, OK, 99 is a protected wager and reside with that.”
“After which, after all, final 12 months I bought traded to Toronto and (Hyun Jin) Ryu wears 99. So, I used to be like, OK, properly, that didn’t work out. So I’m sporting 00. One thing completely different, once more.”
“And, after all, this 12 months, Mr. Met is 00. So I simply went again to sporting 99.”
The one earlier Mets No. 99 was Turk Wendell from 1997-2001, in response to Baseball Reference.
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