The Jay Horwitz Show, Co-Starring Generations of Mets

Since 1980, the Mets have been essential to Horwitz’s identity — in addition to he to theirs, as an avuncular advocate which has a head size of 8¾ nevertheless the smallest ego within the game. On Wednesday, the Mets announced of which Horwitz, 73, could leave the media relations department for a brand new role as team historian in addition to vice president for alumni relations.

This specific was the end of an era, in addition to the turnout for the news conference underscored Horwitz’s standing as the living embodiment of Mr. Met. The current team watched via the back of a conference room. Past stars like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Ed Kranepool in addition to Edgardo Alfonzo showed up. So did Keith Hernandez, the SNY broadcaster who made the second out of the 10th inning in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, then watched with Horwitz in Davey Johnson’s office as Gary Carter commenced the frantic, famous rally.

“I remember Keith saying, after Gary got the first hit: ‘Don’t move,’” Horwitz said.

Johnson was not there on Wednesday, nevertheless some other former managers were, including Joe Torre, Terry Collins in addition to Bobby Valentine, who walked in with the former general manager Steve Phillips, his foil within the turbulent late 1990s in addition to early 2000s.

“Only Jay could bring us together like This specific,” Valentine said, laughing.

Horwitz came to the Mets via Fairleigh Dickinson, where he pitched colorful stories to try to steal headlines via Rutgers — a one-armed fencer, a 43-year-old freshman football player, a priest who played hockey. The Mets were dismal in 1980, forgotten within the shadow of the Yankees. They needed an old-fashioned huckster.

“of which’s how I got the job here, the offbeat stuff,” Horwitz said. “They wanted somebody who wasn’t the normal P.R. guy just looking to do the stats.”