August 15, 2019

A very long time ago, Al Leiter used to pitch for the Syracuse Chiefs. Now he’s a baseball operations adviser with the Mets, a role that brought him to Syracuse this week:

Mets Yankees 2000 Championship Ring

Leiter returned to Syracuse for the first time in 27 years and spoke to the Mets pitchers. His mission was to make sure the group of pitchers were motivated and ready – if and when they were called up to the big leagues; for the Mets sudden and surprising fight to win a wild-card spot.

With three winning World Series rings, he could have dazzled the group with a winning championship ring.

Championship ring collectors and enthusiasts (and readers of this blog) know that most athletes are not thrilled to wear their runner up championship rings (awarded when a team loses in the finals, or Super Bowl, or World Series).

But Leiter chose to wear a championship ring tied to more painful memories, from the 2000 Mets. That team won the National League title but lost to the Yankees in the World Series.

The symbolism was clear. Syracuse is now the Triple-A affiliate of the Mets, and with New York fighting back into the heart of a heated pennant race Leiter wanted to stress the potential contributions these players might be asked to make up top.

“I can’t remember the last time I wore this. I don’t think I’ve worn it in a long time,” he said of the Mets ring. “The point was for these guys because of what’s going on in New York. And you’re in Triple-A. Don’t think it’s that far away. You could be a guy that could help, whether it’s an at-bat, whether it’s an inning (pitched) whether it’s an out, whether it’s a stolen base. Whatever.”

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