Being a New York Mets fan is filled with surprises. Whether it means having your team mocked on a subway sign or trying to raise money to buy out a player’s contract, the news is rarely positive for New York’s other team. By destroying a toolbox, the Mets hope to change all that.
Big League Stew shared a story with us on Saturday about a toolbox named “Stanley.” Stanley was once a mainstay in the Mets bullpen. He carried essentials such as nail clippers, medical supplies, and various toys. After watching his team get off to a league-worst 6-11 start and his bullpen post a league-worst 4.11 ERA, Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon gave an executive order: kill Stanley.
Wilpon requested that every player donate an article of clothing or piece of equipment to place inside Stanley, and the team then took the toolbox into the back room before Thursday’s game and destroyed him with baseball bats — Office Space style. That afternoon, the Mets beat the Astros, 9-1. They currently hold a 2-0 lead over the Diamondbacks and have not lost a game since Stanley’s demise.
Was it the Curse of the Toolbox that was holding the Mets down for all these years? Time will tell.