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.