Mets’ dirty knees honor Seaver’s classic delivery


To pay tribute to Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who died Monday, every member of the New York Mets put dirt on the right knees of their pant legs before facing off against the New York Yankees on Thursday.

The nod was meant to symbolize Seaver’s iconic drop-and-drive delivery, as his right knee often accumulated dirt throughout the course of an outing on the mound.

“As Seaver fans are well aware, when he gets a dirt smudge on the right knee of his pants, it means he’s sharp,” wrote Sports Illustrated in 1983.

The Mets also will unveil this weekend a Seaver uniform patch that they will wear on their jersey sleeves for the remainder of the season. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all flags at Mets-affiliated ballparks in the state to fly at half-staff.

The Mets also are expected to unveil a statue of Seaver in early 2021.

Seaver died from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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