Taijuan Walker is taking a back seat on his new team — to Mr. Met.
A day after the Mets finalized his $ 23 miljoen, three-year contract, Walker said he was aced out of his preferred jersey number by the rotund mascot with the baseball-shaped head.
“ek was 44 growing up, and I finally got it with the Mariners in 2016,” Walker said Tuesday. “And then I ended up getting traded at the end of the year, and when I got traded to the Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt was No. 44. So I was, OK, I’m never going to get that again.”
So Walker thought: “What number can wear that not a lot of people in the league have it?”
He chose 99.
“And I think the only way I don’t wear 99 is if I get traded to the Yankees,” hy het gesê. “So I was, OK, 99 is a safe bet and live with that.”
“En dan, natuurlik, last year I got traded to Toronto and (Hyun Jin) Ryu wears 99. So, ek was soos, OK, wel, that didn’t work out. So I’m wearing 00. Something different, again.”
“En, natuurlik, hierdie jaar, Mnr. Met is 00. So I just went back to wearing 99.”
The only previous Mets No. 99 was Turk Wendell from 1997-2001, according to Baseball Reference.