Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/5/13
By Craig HandelSpecial to FOXSportsNorth.com FORT MYERS, Fla. All Rick Anderson wanted was a shot. From 1978-86, he toiled in the New York Mets minor-league system. For six years, he shuttled between Double-A and Triple-A. Guys like Dwight Gooden, Sid Fernandez, Ron Darling, Rick Aguilera, Randy Myers, and Roger McDowell got promoted ahead of him. In 1986, Anderson met with Mets assistant general manager Joe McIlvaine after holding out. "He said, 'This isn't about the money is it?'" Anderson recalled. "And I said, 'Absolutely not. I could take 100 years in the minor leagues. But if I had never gotten one chance I'll never think I got fulfilled.' On June 9, 1986, Anderson debuted against the Philadelphia Phillies. He gave up one unearned run in seven innings. He stayed with the team the rest of the season but didn't make the playoff roster when the Mets won the World Series.But he got his shot. "That's all anyone wants," Anderson said. Fast forward to 2012. Anderson's heart was warm...
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