Mets C Kevin Plawecki may soon be asked to play Santa Claus during the team's annual Holiday Party at Citi Field this month, according to MLB.com reporter Anthony DiComo, .
Uh, oh. Look out, Kevin...
Why, you ask? In 2004, shortly after being acquired in trade from the Padres, Mike Cameron played Santa Claus at the team's Kids Holiday Party. The next season, he suffered a concussion and broke his nose and cheekbones during a head-on collision in the outfield with Carlos Beltran, at which point the Curse of the Santa Suit was born...
In 2005, Santa was played by Kris Benson, after which he was traded to the O's.
The Curse sort of skipped David Wright's Santa in Dec. 2006, though the team did collapse the end of the next season and it's hardly been smooth sailing for Wright since...
In 2007, Santa was John Maine, after which his shoulder started barking and, well, that was that.
Mike Pelfrey was Santa in 2008, after which he had a 5.03 ERA.
In 2009, Jeff Francoeur was Santa. He struggled that season and was soon traded to the Rangers.
David Wright reprised the role in 2010, then injured his back.
In Dec. 2011, it was Daniel Murphy, and, though he had a good season, most of his numbers were all down in 2012.
In 2012, John Franco emerged to play Santa, so the Curse jumped to his elf, R.A. Dickey, who talked bad about the team and was traded two weeks later.
Murphy returned in 2013, and seemingly stopped the Curse by having a terrific season and making the All-Star team.
Murphy is the excepetion, though, because Jenrry Mejia was Santa in 2014, after which he was injured and suspended twice for PEDs.
In Dec. 2015, rookie LHP Steven Matz wore the Santa hat, started 2016 strong, but fell apart during the summer before having season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow.
And last year, the Mets put the notorious Santa hat on Noah Syndergaard, who missed nearly five months and roughly 25 starts due to a partially torn lat muscle.
The point is, if something happens to Plawecki this year, I think we'll all know why...
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