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Bob Ojeda
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 89 of 1043 players
Robert Michael Ojeda
Born: December 17, 1957 at Los Angeles, Cal.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.01 Weight: 190

Bob Ojeda was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 23, 2003, March 1, 2004, and March 9, 2009.


First Mets game: April 11, 1986
Last Mets game: September 27, 1990

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Seaside Phil
Does anyone realize that Bob Ojeda was the Mets leader in wins in 1986? That he was the rock that led the staff and was the Mets most reliable pitcher? Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez and Rick Aguilera were the other starters, but Bob Ojeda actually outpitched everyone.

Stay away from all gardening equipment Bobby-O. The "dead-fish" change-up he threw during all of the '86 season was the best I've seen. He made right handers look positively stupid that year. Game 7 matchup of Ojeda against Bruce Hurst still gives me goose bumps.

I'll always remember Bobby O for that infamous incident with the hedge clippers right before the 1988 playoffs. K-Rock had a giant inflated ball in their lobby and invide fans to come up and sign it for Bobby as a get-well present. That was the first time I was ever "on the air" in New York. Then of course five years later in Little Lake Nellie he remembered to duck and Steve Olin and Tim Crews didn't. Truly God has smiled down upon Bob Ojeda.

Danny Erickson
December 18, 2000
I always liked Bobby O because he seemed like a regular guy. I work with a woman who gave me a picture of Bob and his new bride. It is one of my unique Mets collectibles that I cherish.

Mr. Sparkle
December 27, 2000
Ojeda was a stud pitcher. He was really a great pitcher who always gave a good start. His overall record with the Mets is just OK but he always pitched a good game. Thank God he didn't pan out when he played for the Yankees. He did a quick exit unlike the other Mets stud of the late 80's David Cone and the druggie Gooden.

June 26, 2001
I watched the inaugural home game for the Brooklyn Cyclones last night. It looks like the A ball kids pitching for Brooklyn have a better idea of how to pitch to the corners of the strike zone than this year's Mets staff. If it continues, I'd like to propose elevating Bob Ojeda to Mets pitching coach and shipping Charlie Hough back to A ball.

Larry Burns
May 23, 2002
A huge big game pitcher. Rock solid when you desperately needed a win. Somewhat surprising that we ended up "needing" a win with the quality arms surrounding him, but when we did, Bobby O came through. To this day I am amazed at the rollercoster life that baseball has given him, from the highs of World Series victories to the lows of the gardening accident and the Cleveland Indian Boat tragedy. Bobby Ojeda has seen the best and the worst of life.

August 11, 2002
I was watching a Brooklyn Cyclones game on t.v. awhile back and I couldn't believe what I saw. Ojeda-- pitching coach, Teufel--hitting coach, David Cone--up in the broadcast booth. It was just like old times, and I sure felt OLD. I wonder how Bobby O and Tuffie are getting along. I know in the old days they weren't exactly best buds. But they seem fine now. I guess everyone has to grow up sometime.

Jonathan Stern
December 27, 2004
Bob Ojeda was very nice when I met him. I told him I was sorry he was no longer with the Mets (he was with the Dodgers at the time) and he thanked me with genuine sincerity and humility. Perhaps because of this brief meeting with him, I felt even more terrible about the Cleveland tragedy two years later than I might have had I not met him. The pictures of Ojeda sitting in front of his teammates' coffins with a bandage on his head and his face buried in his hands were devastating, as were the sights of his teammates, manager, and GM breaking down at their respective press conferences. Not to mention the picture of the wives of Steve Olin and Tim Crews on the cover of Sports Illustrated several weeks later. It all brought back memories of that horrible day when Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash, the first time I ever experienced the death of an athlete.

This guy was a perfect example of what made the 1986 Mets both right and wrong. He was reckless off the field, sometimes dangerously so, but, man, did he want to win. His performance in Game 3 of the World Series was huge, coming after two home defeats in front of the same Boston team and crowd for whom he had pitched the year before. I really liked this guy and hope he has pulled himself together.

February 7, 2005
This guy was the star of the 1986 rotation but is unfortunately somewhat forgotten by the Mets fans of today. I have taken it upon myself to create a sort of "Bobby Ojeda Exists" campaign. I basically remind as many Met fans as possible of his accomplishments. Join my quest, let other Met fans know that Bobby exists!

February 17, 2005
Bobby Ojeda, ALL GUTS, NO GLORY!! I've never forgotten what this man did for us in 1986. He was Mr. Clutch!! I was at Game 7 in 1986. After the game, nobody would leave the stadium. It was half an hour before the crowd started to filter out. Many Mets came back on the field and celebrated while talking to the crowd. Bobby O gives his uniform top to someone sitting close to the field. Turns out this guy was parked right next to me on the grass by the highway. I offered him money, but he wouldn't give it up! I wonder if he still has that shirt?

Lifelong Fan
July 21, 2005
This guy coulda been great for many years if he wasn't a hard partier and cut off the tip of his finger. I too, hope he has pulled himself together.

Choo Choo Delgado
January 4, 2006
What a gamer this guy was. I can remember watching Gooden and Darling, the stars of the rotation, lose those first two games of the '86 series and it all resting on Bobby O for game three. In Boston. Against his old team.

Then the finger incident in '88 and the boating accident. Now he seems to be an afterthought when it should be remembered he was the anchor of that '86 staff.

Love ya Bobby!

Mark Corrao
March 29, 2006
We would have won it all in 1988 again, if he would not have cut off his finger. That story is a little strange. This man made millions and could not hire a gardener? Rumor had it he was up all night at night clubs in Long Island partying until day light, drunk as a skunk. He cuts his finger off that same morning doing gardening?

The MANager
October 8, 2006
I never experienced the season of 1986. I did not get to watch game 3 versus the Red Sox. I was 2 in 1990 when Bob Ojeda played his last game. I only have heard about the gardening incident and the Cleveland boat tragedy. I have a different set of memories of Coach Ojeda. Robert Michael Ojeda was one of my High School baseball coaches. He said that even when he had a larger house where I am from he liked doing his own lawn. He once razzed me for asking our top pitcher, Pat Callahan, what kind of grip to hold for a cutter. Pat had a monster cutter which he used to dominate batters. Coach Ojeda said "What am I chopped liver?" He is a great guy in general and I cannot blame him for partying when he was in his prime. He seems to be doing well coaching his Single-A team.

December 13, 2006
My memories of Bobby O go back as far as my sister's (his girlfriend soon to be wife) sweet sixteen party. I have fond memories of growing up around him and watching him pitch when his teams (Boston, New York Mets) were out on the West Coast in the '80s. Nastiest pitch I ever saw was his "Dead Fish". A junkball pitcher for all junkballers. Worst of memories was coming home in April 1993, turning SportsCenter on and listening to the sportscasters announce what had happened on his infamous fishing trip with two team members from the Indians. Bobby- O, I want to thank you for some really great years growing up with you and still wish you the best. Miss those free tickets as well!

Ghost Runner
March 16, 2007
I was at a Mets game in Montreal in 89 or 90. Before the game Bobby O was warming up, when finished he threw a couple balls to the fans. The second ball he threw came straight to me. I gloved it, but before I knew it some older kid pulled it out of my glove and ran away (I was about ten). Bobby saw this and the next ball he threw went straight to my Dad. Thanks Bobby, you're a class act.

Rev. Dr. Chris Atwood
October 19, 2007
Bob's Dad, Bob Sr., married my Aunt Edna and they lived in Visalia, CA. I met his Dad in 1991 while traveling through California, and together we listened on the radio to a Dodgers game in which Bobby pitched. His Dad lived and died with every pitch, gripping and sweating profusely into tissue paper after tissue paper. I'll never forget his Dad saying of Tommy Lasorda: "He has a big mouth!" and giving me careful directions to Dodger Stadium for the game next evening.

When Bobby had his boating accident, I happened to catch coverage of it on T.V. I called his Dad immediately, who hadn't yet heard about it. "I started with, "Bob, Bobby's okay, but..." Soon after, the reporters started swarming the house where his Dad lived.

When Bob Sr. died, Bob Jr. expressed sincere and generous gratitude for the care my Aunt Edna had given him, and she was touched by that. Bob has been through some of the highest highs and the some of the lowest lows, and he and his Dad touched our family in ways I fondly remember.

Oh, and by the way, Bob Ojeda was also the most under-rated Mets pitcher of all-time! In 1986, he was the Mets' most consistent regular season pitcher, and their stopper during the play-offs and World Series of that year, their greatest season ever.

October 19, 2007
Bobby left the Mets organization after Peterson ignored Bobby's advice on how to improve Heilman. Peterson wanted Heilman to throw over the top. Ojeda said to let Heilman throw three quarters like Heilamn did at Notre Dame where he was undefeated. Ojeda told the organization if you are not going to listen my advice, someone who pitched in the majors not like Peterson, then why am I here?

Guess what--Heilman now throws three quarters again.

January 9, 2011
I was 12 years old and was at Candlestick Park in 86 or 87 and was trying to get an autograph from Bobby O. He was talking to some lady as I waited patiently, not saying a word or interrupting. He looked at me and said something along the lines of "Wait a minute, kid." I did - for at least 15 minutes. After he finished talking, he just walked away. It killed me. How could this guy do that to me? Every time I see him on TV, I just think about how he walked away after I waited so respectfully. He is one of six 86 Mets who I don't have an autograph from, and I'm not sure that I would want it now.

Jonathan Stern
December 9, 2011
The best thing about the Mets right now is the SNY crew. Not only are Gary, Keith, and Ron outstanding (and don't forget Kevin Burkhardt), but Chris Carlin and Bob Ojeda are aces in the studio as well. They are a vast improvement over Matt Yallof and Lee Mazzilli (sorry Maz!), Carlin being more dynamic than Yallof and Ojeda pulling few punches. When you hear Ojeda talk, you know he knows winning baseball, and he is so natural in front of the cameras that it is hard to believe he had no media experience prior to his being hired by SNY. It is a pleasure to see him before and after games and I hope he stays at SNY for as long as he wants.

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