Since 1980, the Mets have been essential to Horwitz’s identity — along with he to theirs, as an avuncular advocate that has a head size of 8¾ yet the smallest ego inside the game. On Wednesday, the Mets announced of which Horwitz, 73, would certainly leave the media relations department for a fresh role as team historian along with vice president for alumni relations.
of which was the end of an era, along with the turnout for the news conference underscored Horwitz’s standing as the living embodiment of Mr. Met. The current team watched coming from the back of a conference room. Past stars like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Ed Kranepool along with 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 started off 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, yet some other former managers were, including Joe Torre, Terry Collins along with Bobby Valentine, who walked in with the former general manager Steve Phillips, his foil inside the turbulent late 1990s along with early 2000s.
“Only Jay could bring us together like This kind of,” Valentine said, laughing.
Horwitz came to the Mets coming from Fairleigh Dickinson, where he pitched colorful stories to try to steal headlines coming from Rutgers — a one-armed fencer, a 43-year-old freshman football player, a priest who played hockey. The Mets were dismal in 1980, forgotten inside 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.”