Happy St. Patrick's Day from Shea Stadium. Let's welcome Bob Murphy to the microphone (Tim McCarver is up in the TV booth) to introduce the Irish Mets—a list of Mets who have at least Irish-sounding names. Feel free to hit comments to add suggestions, nitpick heritage, or bitch. Bob, take it away... (no, I'm not going to attempt to write in Murph-cadence).
First, let's meet the pitchers.
Our starters: Nolan Ryan, Tim Leary, Terry Leach, and Jim McAndrew
The bullpen: Tug McGraw and Roger McDowell
Behind the plate: Mike Fitzgerald
Third base: He played 38 games there in 1990—please welcome back our old friend Tom O'Malley.
Shortstop: Roy McMillan
Second base: Doug Flynn
First base: Joe McEwing, who can play anywhere, is going to have to play here. (I wanted to nominate the big redhead Rusty Staub but was overruled by the Mets Police Emerald Society).
In left: Daniel Murphy
In center: Kevin McReynolds (33 games there in 1991)
The right fielder: Dave Gallagher
Pete Flynn will take care of the grounds, and to manage this not-so-impressive lineup, we considered having a player-manager at SS, but we decided to go un-Wilpon and not forget the New York Giants, so John McGraw will be our choice.
So the idea for this post was better than the names. Open to suggestions...