Hmm...the Mets seem to be doing fine since they traded that Seaver Guy. August 1977...
At the end of last week New York had won eight of its most recent 12 games. In four of those victories the Mets trailed one or more times.
In the wake of all this, papers have run charts on the comparative accomplishments of Stevie Wonder and Tom Terrific, the Daily News has received letters from numerous fans who claim to have been the only ones on their blocks who were for the deal and, most incredible, from the day of the trade, June 15, through last weekend, the Mets' record (20-27) has been almost as good as Cincinnati's (23-27).
During that 47-game stretch Henderson hit .295, slugged .526, knocked in 22 runs in one 15-game span and is now third on the team in RBIs with 32 and game-winning hits with four. Six of his seven homers have either tied a game or put New York ahead; three of them were game-winners and two others tied games that were won in extra innings. One of his game-breakers came off Bruce Sutter, the Cubs' ace reliever; on another occasion he won a game with a homer off the Pirates' big stopper, Rich Gossage. "That pitch by Gossage should have been unhittable," Torre says. "One guy [ Montreal's Joe Kerrigan] knocked Steve down, but he got up and hammered the next pitch out to tie a game. We went on to win that one and break a nine-game losing streak. Against the Dodgers and Don Sutton, Steve tripled in the first inning, then homered to bring us even at 6-6. We won 8-7 in extra innings. I'm not sure I believe him myself."
Steve Henderson, the main man in the deal that sent Tom - 08.15.77 - SI Vault
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