According to Webster's dictionary, scrappy means " full of fighting spirit." As a long-time baseball fan, the word conjures up memories of Pete Rose sliding head first into third base, doing anything he could to win a ball game.
I can still see Rose brushing off the dirt from his uniform and pumping his fist, urging his teammates on. I can still see him running to first base when he worked out a walk, not just trotting and jogging slowly to the bag. As a young boy, I remember thinking to myself, "Wow, I've never seen anyone do that before."
If any player epitomized the term "full of fighting spirit," it was Peter Edward Rose. Every major league team has had their share of scrappy players, men who would sacrifice their bodies and bang into walls to catch a fly ball, hustle from first to third on a shallow single to the outfield, slide hard into second base to break up a double play.
Baseball fans adore these types of players. Guys that don't mind getting their uniforms dirty. Players that hustle and work hard. Every club needs these kinds of players to win.
So now let's take a look at 25 of the scrappiest players in New York Mets history...