Every Mets fan remembers Jesse Orosco celebrating with both fists raised after winning the 1986 World Series. The closing pitcher first broke out in 1983, making the All-Star team and finishing third for NL Cy Young Award voting. He followed with another All-Star campaign in 1984. As the Mets headed to the 1986 postseason, Orosco played an important role on the mound. He earned the win in Games 3, 5 and 6 of the NLCS, then recorded a save in Game 7 of the World Series as the Mets clinched the championship. His celebration was captured in photographs and remains a lasting part of Mets history. “Once I was a baby and didn’t care about baseball,” he said. “Now, I’m throwing the last pitch of the World Series.” Orosco recorded 107 saves during his time with the Mets, still No. 4 on the franchise’s all-time list.
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