NEW YORK -- A self-proclaimed lifelong Mets fan, former NFL great and Long Island native Boomer Esiason was ecstatic to be playing for the National League team in the Taco Bell Legends and Celebrity Softball Game and guaranteed a home team win before first pitch on Sunday.
"We've got all the Mets on my side -- Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, John Franco, Mike Piazza ... how can we lose in this building?" Esiason said. "It's just not going to happen."
Truth be told, Esiason was feeling pretty good about his own chances to contribute to the effort as well.
"I was a very good baseball player in high school, and I've been playing softball for many years now," he said. "I put the uniform on and I feel like it belongs on me. That's how good I feel today."
Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.