Mets legend Mookie Wilson is now in the restaurant business

Mookie Wilson’s appearance at Mets Fantasy Camp this month in Port St. Lucie, Fla., was a different experience for him than in previous years.

Not only was the popular former outfielder a familiar face evoking memories of the franchise’s last World Series winner in 1986, but more importantly, he made sure everyone was fed.

Meet Mookie Wilson of Legacy Catering, a company founded this year by Wilson and his family.

Wilson, 66, sees it as the perfect fit for himself, his three brothers and his son-in-law. Additionally, Wilson’s stepson Preston — a former Mets outfielder (he was traded to the Marlins as part of the deal that brought Mike Piazza to Queens) — is the CEO. The mobile catering company travels the East Coast for various events.

Mookie Wilson serves a meal he cooked to Doc Gooden at a recent Mets fantasy camp.
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“My brothers were getting ready to retire from their normal jobs and I’m semi-retired, so we tried to figure out something we could do together to keep moving forward,” Wilson said. “All of us love to cook. It’s a family story. We have been cooking for churches and organizations for years. We wanted to do something different. We didn’t want a restaurant. I wanted to move, so we decided to try something mobile.

The name “Legacy” is a tribute to Wilson’s mother, whose recipes are used. Wilson said specialties include Southern cuisine, macaroni and cheese, rice dishes and sweet yams.

Growing up in a large family, Wilson said he and his brothers had no choice but to learn about cooking.

Mookie Wilson works hard to cook meals with her business Legacy Catering.
Mookie Wilson says her love of cooking dates back to her youth in South Carolina.
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“When you have a family of 12, half go to church and the other half stay home and cook,” said Wilson, a native of Bamberg, SC. “It was like that, because the car couldn’t carry all of us. Someone had to stay home. When I was playing in the minor leagues and major leagues in spring training, in my spare time that’s what I did, I just experimented with certain dishes.

Legacy’s first big event was a tailgate before a Hudson Valley Renegades game in September. Wilson’s Traveling Kitchen is a family-designed, open-air trailer with 11,000 square inches of cooking space. A tent can be placed on it in case of bad weather. Ovens, smokers and fryers are all on board.

The Mets’ fantasy camp presented a unique challenge for Wilson and his family in that it involved serving four meals over as many days. Food was cooked on the trailer outside the establishment and went inside to serve 170-220 people on any given day. Dwight Gooden, Ed Lynch, Endy Chavez, Lenny Harris and Glendon Rusch were among the former Mets who gave themselves up. The last meal was a Thanksgiving spread which included smoked turkey.

“My family really enjoyed it because we’re used to cooking for people we know,” Wilson said. “It was the first time they really met people they didn’t know, but people from my world, and it was so much fun. The only thing we really enjoyed was watching the “People enjoy food and those people can eat. They ate a lot. When they came for the second and third helpings, that was really the right test. That was a good sign.”

A view of the mobile kitchen of Legacy Catering, an open-air trailer.
A view of the mobile kitchen of Legacy Catering, an open-air trailer.
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Legacy already has several events in the works for next spring and summer, according to Wilson, including a potential stop at the Mets’ Triple-A branch in Syracuse. Wilson hopes he can show off his cooking skills in the Citi Field parking lot eventually.

Still a Mets ambassador who appears occasionally at the ballpark, Wilson is enamored with the direction the team is heading.

“The club has really exceeded what I thought it would do last year,” Wilson said. “But it was good to see the growth of the young players, and that’s what to look for. I think we’re in very good shape for the years to come.

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Beltran and the ballot

Carlos Beltran’s career numbers compare strongly to those of Hall of Famer Andre Dawson and Beltran’s playoff resume is among the strongest of any player of his generation, only adding to his case for a plaque. in Cooperstown.

Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets fouls on a field during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Carlos Beltran’s Hall of Fame case is complicated by its connection to the Astros cheating scandal.
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You wonder how long the former Mets outfielder — who now appears on his first Hall of Fame ballot — will have to wait for the honor because of his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme.

Timing is everything, and Beltran is unfortunate enough to appear on the ballot so soon after the Astros’ shenanigans. By the time players such as Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa retire and become eligible for the Hall of Fame, the memories will have faded.

Former Mets closest Billy Wagner won 51% of the vote last year, continuing his steady run toward the election. Candidates need 75% of the votes of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. If Wagner can hit 60% this year, it would put him on solid footing for his final two years of BBWAA ballot eligibility.

Hot coaching product

Mets assistant coach Jeremy Barnes would be a hot commodity this offseason, and team officials are considering a title change that could prevent him from leaving. Last offseason, the Mets hired Eric Chavez as hitting coach and Barnes, respected for his analytical approach, moved from player development to the No. 2 hitting coach role. It’s unclear if the Mets are considering a move. elevate Barnes to first place and reassign Chavez, but the coaching staff is still on the move.

Beltran was recently contacted to assess his potential interest in a coaching position, but indicated he was not interested in the position.

A dinner worth announcing

New York Mets manager Buck Showalter (11) congratulates New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after defeating the Atlanta Braves on August 4, 2022.
Mets manager Buck Showalter and his closest friend Edwin Diaz will be honored at this year’s New York Baseball Writers’ Dinner.
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After a two-year absence, the New York Chapter Baseball Writers Dinner returns to the Hilton in midtown Manhattan on January 28.

The Mets will be represented by Buck Showalter (who will receive his National League Manager of the Year award) and Edwin Diaz, who was selected as the winner of the “Good Guy” award for his interactions with the media.

Mets radio voice Howie Rose and Post columnist Mike Vaccaro are among the winners. Although this is a Mets newsletter, we will also mention that Aaron Judge will receive his American League MVP award.

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