Losers in seven of their last eight games, the Nets York Mets sank even lower over the weekend after honoring the deceased members of their World Series-winning 1969 team – and inadvertently including two living players in the tribute video.
Outfielder Jim Gosger and pitcher Jesse Hudson were included among the list of deceased former players despite the fact that they are both very much alive.
On Sunday the team acknowledged its error and reached out to both players to apologize. However, the team did appear to misspell Hudson's first name as 'Jessie' in the statement.
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Former Mets outfielder Jim Gosger (right) and pitcher Jesse Hudson (left) were included among the list of deceased former players despite the fact that they are both very much alive
The Nets York Mets honored deceased members of their World Series-winning 1969 team – but inadvertently including two living players, Jim Gosger and Jesse Hudson, in the tribute video
'There was an error made in yesterday's "We Remember" segment during our 1969 anniversary ceremony in which we included the names and images of Jim Gosger and Jesse Hudson,' read a statement on the Mets' scoreboard. 'We are sorry and deeply regret this error. We have spoken with both former players to express our sincerest apologies. We want to thank Jim and Jesse, along with their families and friends, for their gracefulness and understanding.'
As the statement was displayed on the scoreboard Sunday, Newsday's Laura Albanese responded on Twitter: 'Mets apologize for killing Jim Gosger and Jesse (sic) Hudson.'
However, it's not clear if either player really forgave the team for its mistake.
Yahoo Sports' Hannah Keyser shared a direct message exchange with the 76-year-old Gosger on Twitter.
'All I know is I wouldn't answer the phone if they called,' Gosger wrote to a fan.
Although he had a 10-year career, Gosger appeared in only 10 games for the Mets in 1969 after being traded from the Seattle Pilots.
He retired in 1974.
Hudson, meanwhile, appeared in only one game for the Mets in 1969 and never returned to the Major Leagues.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Mets, who became known