In honor of #MetsYouveForgottenAbout trending worldwide on Twitter recently, I’ve decided to begin a series honoring those Mets we may have forgotten about, making sure their legend will live on forever. Today’s subject: Timo Perez.
Close your eyes for a moment and think back to September 2000. Edgardo Alfonzo, Mike Piazza, and Robin Ventura made up the heart of the order, Glendon Rusch was putting the finishing touches on a career year, and Bubba Trammell sat on the end of the bench next to the Gatorade cooler, thanking God every minute that he was no longer on the Devil Rays.
Oh, also a speedy, 25-year-old outfielder was called up from the Norfolk Tides. His name was Timoniel Perez, Timo for short.
After playing for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japan Central League from 1996-1999, his contract was purchased by the Mets during spring training in 2000.
Most Met fans’ first memory of Perez is his September 24th inside-the-park homerun off of Bruce Chen in P...