There have been some great players to don a New York Mets uniform over the years, but few would argue that right-hander Tom Seaver is the greatest player in the history of the franchise.
As such, it comes as no surprise that the 68-year-old will be throwing out the first pitch before the upcoming All-Star Game at Citi Field, according to a report from the New York Daily News.
A 311-game winner who ranks sixth on the all-time strikeouts list with 3,640 punch-outs, Seaver spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Mets.
During that span, he went 189-114 with a 2.49 ERA and took home NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1967 and the NL Cy Young in 1969, 1973 and 1975. He was also instrumental in leading the team to their surprise World Series title in '69 as the ace of the staff.
Seaver was traded to the Reds in 1977 at the age of 32, a deal that still draws the ire of Mets fans to this day. He rejoined the Mets for the 1983 season before finishing out his career with the White Sox and Red Sox in 1986.
He was a first ballot Hall of Famer when he became eligible in 1992, and the 98.8 percent of the vote he received is the highest total in voting history.
Seaver has had to deal with Stage 3 Lyme disease, which he contracted back in 1991 but only recently began affecting him in the form of memory loss and an overall ill feeling. The disease was finally diagnosed about six months ago, and he's been on the road to recovery since, according to the Daily News report.
The All-Star Game is about honoring the game's current stars, but the pregame festivities are a time to pay tribute to the franchise that is hosting the games. And there is no better way to honor the Mets than by having Tom Seaver toe the rubber for the ceremonial first pitch.