Thursday, October 8, 2009
#282) GEORGE FOSTER
George Foster was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Mets for Greg Harris, Jim Kern and Alex Trevino on February 10, 1982. He became the highest paid player in baseball with the contract he signed as a result of that trade. Unfortunately George could not duplicate the success that he had with the "Big Red Machine". After struggling through four seasons in New York the World Series bound Mets made plans to replace him on the roster with a young player named Lee Mazzilli. The club released Foster on August 7, 1986.
George did leave his mark on the 1986 Championship team. He produced a rap song titled, "Get Metsmerized" before the season began. He would later establish an apparel company under the name Metsmerized Products.
George Foster signed his set card when he appeared at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio for an autograph event. It was obtained for me by my friend Dr. Jim on August 15, 2009.