They have all been in the clubhouse with former All-Stars.
Terry Collins, Chris Young - they have managed and played with the un-self aware, the declining athletes who still demand preferential treatment.
So when the Mets see Jason Bay jog out to second base as a pinch-runner, or to left field as a defensive replacement, they know they are witnessing an abnormal lack of ego.
They store that information, and release it as pride and happiness in moments like Sunday, when Bay hit a grand slam that drove a 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins, and completed a three-game sweep.
Jason Bay belts grand slam as NY Mets complete sweep of Florida Marlins with 5-1 victory
New York Daily News | Sep 3