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Mookie Wilson reclaims his old number after Castillo release

Mar 19, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

Mookie Wilson number one

If Sandy Alderson was trying to win over Mets fans with yesterday’s release of Luis Castillo, he’s off to a roaring start.

One of the overlooked side benefits of cutting Castillo was that his No. 1 was put back into circulation. This is notable because Mookie Wilson, who will serve as first base coach this season, wore that very same number during his entire 10-year tenure with the Mets.

And it didn’t take Wilson long to reclaim his old digs. According to Adam Rubin of, he’s already donning his familiar No. 1 in Orlando for today’s game against the Braves.

That’s right. In less than 24 hours the Mets have went from one of the least popular figures in recent franchise history wearing No. 1 to one of the most beloved. Nicely done, Sandy.

  1. chrisny3 - Mar 19, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    OK, so it’s 75% reality, 20% perception, and 5% Mookie.

    The stars are aligned and all is right with the world.

  2. Utley's Hair - Mar 19, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    So, does this mean that Craig can now buy his daughter the one and only Mutts jersey to be allowed in his house?

  3. fdnymedic03 - Mar 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Good for mookie!…Let’s Go Mets!

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