Philip Kossoy of Freehold NJ and my Recollection of the first dismantling of the NY Mets

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My name is Philip Kossoy and I like to write on a variety of subjects. This web site is dedicated towards the dismantling of the 1977 New York Mets Baseball Club.


By Philip Kossoy

Freehold NJ

It was the spring of 1977 and the New York Mets were fresh off the second best record in their 15 year club history 86-76.  The Mets had every reason for optimism as did this author Philip Kossoy of Freehold NJ who was 13 years old at the time.  In 1976 the NY Mets acquired a young powerful slugger by the name of Dave Kingman who clubbed a team record 37 homeruns that season. Veteran Joe Torre chipped in with a .306 batting average and thy had a young catcher John Stearns who the Mets acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for Tug McGraw 2 years earlier who appeared ready to take over for Jerry Grote.  Of course, who could ever forget Lee Mazzilli, the Brooklyn Born "Italian Stallion".  

Yes the 1977 NY Mets had plenty to look forward to in 1977.  That was until the games began.  The team started off 8-9 in April, however it was all down hill from there.  Star Pitcher Jerry Koosman finished 8-20, Jon Matlack was 7-15, and rookie sensation to be Lee Mazzilli struggled, producing a .250 / .340 / .339 stat line.  But lets not forget that Felix Millan did not realize that punching Ed Ott who had been a collegiate wrestler in the face and then walking away was not a very good idea. Young Philip Kossoy of Freehold NJ saw every moment as Ott body slammed Millan to the ground, breaking his collarbone and thus ending Millans career with the Mets.  
In May the Mets went 8-21 and were floundering.  The biggest moment of 1977 was the day M. Donald Grant, the Mets General Manager traded away "The Franchise" Tom Seaver.  You see, Seaver had just signed a 3 year deal for $225,000 per season, however with the advent of Free Agency and the fact that lesser pitchers were now making more money than him, Seaver wanted a $50,000 bonus for that season.  So instead of working something out with the best pitcher in baseball, Grant shocked the baseball world on the June 15th deadline, by trading the best pitcher in baseball and New York Met Legend to the Cincinnatti Reds for Pat Zachary, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman.  Oh and by the way, he also traded the greatest slugger the Mets ever had, Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for a washed up Outfielder named Bobby Valentine and an uninspiring middle relief pitcher Paul Siebert.  When the young baseball fan Philip Kossoy of Freehold NJ got to his 8th grade classroom and saw the newspaper, he was devastated!  As were all die-hard Mets fans were and still are to this day. 

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Philip Kossoy began watching the Mets in 1973.  Philip Kossoy is an avid Mets fan. George Thomas Seaver was the favorite player of Philip Kossoy growing up.  Philip Kossoy spent has been at several spring training with the Mets.  Philip Kossoy was at the last game at Shea and the 1st game at City Field.   Philip Kossoy would have went with George Stone in game 6 and saved Seaver in Game 7.  Philip Kossoy is a Stats Geek".  It has been almost 30 years but Philip Kossoy looks forward to the Mets wining it all again!  Philip Kossoy

Philip Kossoy first started watching baseball in 1973.  Philip Kossoy has been an avid Mets fan since then. Tom Seaver was the favorite player of Philip Kossoy.  Philip Kossoy spent a week at spring training in 1988 & 1989.  Philip Kossoy was at the last game at Shea and the first game at City Field.   Philip Kossoy would have pitched  Stone in game 6 of the 73' W.S. and saved Seaver in Game 7.  Philip Kossoy is a Stats Geek".  It has been almost 30 years but Philip Kossoy believes the Mets will win it all again!  Philip Kossoy

      

Philip Kossoy began watching the Mets in 1973.  Philip Kossoy is an avid Mets fan. George Thomas Seaver was the favorite player of Philip Kossoy growing up.  Philip Kossoy spent has been at several spring training with the Mets.  Philip Kossoy was at the last game at Shea and the 1st game at City Field.   Philip Kossoy would have went with George Stone in game 6 and saved Seaver in Game 7.  Philip Kossoy is a Stats Geek".  It has been almost 30 years but Philip Kossoy looks forward to the Mets wining it all again!  Philip Kossoy


Philip Kossoy began watching the Mets in 1973. Philip Kossoy is an avid Mets fan.  Seaver was Philip Kossoy favorite player as a child.  Philip Kossoy has been at several spring trainings with the Mets.   Philip Kossoy



















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