To Mo, Or Not To Mo

Mo Vaughn with the New York MetsI need some help here, and asking for your opinion.

I’m going to the Mets game tonight. I own one “authentic” Mets jersey — a home black Mo Vaughn, #42. It was a gift.

Despite his bust of a career with the Mets, Mo was and remains one of my favorite all-time Mets — it’s a personal thing (I played against him in college, and for years afterward when we bumped into each other at various off-field places, he always remembered me as a former foe and treated me like a friend. He may have issues with overeating, but he’s a class act.).

Obviously, wearing a Mo Vaughn jersey to a game at Shea is slightly less humiliating than walking around stripped, tarred, and feathered. However, every time I’ve taken it out of the mothballs and braved the jeers, sneers, and laughter, the Mets have won. Maybe it’s complete coincidence. Considering that Mo Vaughn is a glaring symbol of the downfall of the Mets early in the 21st century, you would think that the jersey would bring bad karma into the Stadium — so I’m pessimistic of its potential in the way of magical powers.

So here’s the question — do I wear the Mo Vaughn jersey tonight, or no?

Please leave your comments below before 5pm. Thanks!

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten September 28, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Whatever works, at this stage.

    If I had given up, I’d say “no.” Part of me wants to go and tie myself to the mast. If the ship goes down, so do I. Right now, that’s the dominant part of me.

  2. nj4318a September 28, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    I know it may seem like the time to give up and throw all of our superstitions out the window but, hell, this is what being a fan is about! We have to root for this team even though they give us little reason to believe.

    I loved Mo Vaughn as a player and idolized him as a slugger when i was in high school. I think the man can bring some luck to the stadium, and maybe for the next 3 games a little shea stadium magic dust will be stirred and just for a few games we’ll forget what a trying season it has been and cheer our asses off!

  3. Micalpalyn September 30, 2007 at 8:15 am
    mo vaughn: The only thing about Mo was he was injured before during and aftwer, SP took him from the Angels. It was a bad trade ( I am one of few who feel that way tho).

    Wear the shirt: But remember Willie wears it now but I think u would be the better manager. If you decide to sell it I might be a taker.