Former Mets favorites reunite in Queens

Former Mets favorites reunite in Queens

NEW YORK -- Mike Hampton spent only one year playing for the Mets, but the experience left a mark on the starting pitcher, whose career spanned 15 seasons.

"It was the highlight of my career, winning the NLCS and then getting the chance to pitch in the World Series," Hampton said on Friday.

That year, of course, was 2000, when the Mets made it to the Fall Classic before losing to the Yankees in five games.

Before the 2010 version of the Mets took on the Yankees on Friday night, the club welcomed back six players from that World Series team -- Hampton, John Franco, Benny Agbayani, Edgardo Alfonzo, Rick Reed and Turk Wendell.

The players hung out on the field during batting practice and presented the second "Teammates in the Community Award" during a pregame ceremony.

And for a few, it was a chance to get a first look at 2-year-old Citi Field.

"It's nice," Agbayani said. "I might reconsider [retirement] and try to get a one-month contract."

-- Kyle Maistri