Do you consider John Franco to be a Mets icon?

#Mets icon John Franco talking #ASG at studios today.
6/12/13 10:48 AM

That tweet got me thinking? Is John Franco a Mets icon? Who is a Mets icon? I’m not even sure Mike Piazza is. There may only be one.

The Free Dictionary says an icon is

a. An image; a representation.
b. A representation or picture of a sacred or sanctified Christian personage, traditionally used and venerated in the Eastern Church.
2. An important and enduring symbol: “Voyager will take its place … alongside such icons of airborne adventure as The Spirit of St. Louis and [the] Bell X-1″ (William D. Marbach).
3. One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol: “He is … a pop icon designed and manufactured for the video generation” (Harry F. Waters).
4. Computer Science A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.


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Franco is NO Mets icon. The only Mets icon is Tom Seaver.


I do not consider Franco a Mets icon.

Patrick Cooley
Patrick Cooley

While he was more of an Expos Icon, The Kid fits this description simply by starting the rally in Game 6. We can all see him, standing there when all was lost and beginning the greatest comeback in the history of post-season baseball.


Franco epitomizes the Mets and the fanbase. Hard working blue collar guy fighting to get to the top. The fans are hard on him because he wasn't Mariano Rivera. He is a reliever/closer who was imperfect like every other reliever/closer. Franco was good, not great but in 2000 you knew when he was brought in to face Barry Bonds we had the upper hand. Yea he gave us a heart attack every outing but which Met reliever did we ever have full confidence in?


I consider Piazza an icon. He rejuvenated the Mets, made them relevant again, had some postseason success. Also a few defining moments. Franco, I don't know. He was a team captain. That's kind of like the Mets giving him a status as an all time Met. I don't think he is as revered be fans if he wasn't a native NYer. His personality and connection to the city I guess really makes him identify with this team. It's a tough call. I guess it depends on how much you value the word icon.

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