August 6, 2004 Tap was on the 1981 Michigan High School football championship team. He is also a talented quarterback because of his great arm. Everybody always liked him because he is easygoing. He kind of reminds me of Kevin Costner.
October 4, 2005 All he did after the Mets traded him was post double figures in wins. Year after year after year. Yes, Mets fans, it's okay to cry.
Kevin Tapani, Rick Aguilera, and David West for Frank Viola. The Twins go from worst to first. Frankie V. goes from Cy Young to Anthony Young. The Mets have made so many dumb trades in their relatively short history, it's a wonder that the baseball world does not refer to every dumb trade as a "Mets trade."
February 1, 2006 I thought the name Tapani and his nickname "Tapper" were so cute, I named my cat after him. Didn't get to see him pitch much but miss him to this day, and the name just sounds like a cat name, as in "meow, Tapani!"
August 19, 2006 When the trade happened everyone thought the Mets would live to regret trading West. Instead Tapani went on to become a terrific number 3 starter for over a decade.