For Pete's Sake

Mets wooed Ben Zobrist by showing him players have access to homes with green grass

Ben Zobrist hit a double for the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series at Citi Field in New York.
Ben Zobrist hit a double for the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series at Citi Field in New York. deulitt@kcstar.com

I can’t imagine Dayton Moore had to make this pitch to Ben Zobrist.

The Royals acquired Zobrist in a trade with the Oakland A’s in July. Zobrist played a key role in helping the Royals win the World Series, and he is now a free agent.

There seems to be a number of suitors for Zobrist’s services. That includes the Mets, who brought Zobrist and his wife Julianna to New York for a day and and showed him that there is indeed green grass in the area.

No joke.

Here is what Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said in an ESPN story:

“Players from other teams come into New York. They see New York City. They see the ballpark. We showed him the suburbs. We showed him that there is green grass and property that you can have. The guy is coming from a fairly different kind of lifestyle than New York City proper. There’s other places. We have Westchester and Connecticut that he can go to. So him seeing that, and his wife being able to see that, I thought was important for him.”

Who knew that the abundant green spaces around Kansas City could be a lure for players?

There is much more in the story, of course, but that caught my eye. And, hey, Zobrist probably has good memories of Citi Field, since that’s where the Royals won the World Series.

Kansas City celebrates the Royals beating the Mets 7-2 in 12 innings in Game 5 of the World Series. Video by: ALLISON LONG | along@kcstar.com

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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