Carlos Gomez: Mookie helped shape me

NEW YORK -- Ex-Met Carlos Gomez, who was traded away by the Mets in the Johan Santana deal on Feb. 2, 2008, and who has turned out to be an All-Star with the Milwaukee Brewers, told ESPNNewYork.com that Mookie Wilson strongly influenced his career.

Wilson was Gomez's minor league manager in Kingsport, Tenn., in 2004.

"Mookie Wilson is the one who coached me for a few years and always injected me in my brain how to play, and who taught me how to play right and play aggressive," the first-time All-Star Gomez said. "He always told me: Every time you step on the line, you do your best, or try to do your best, and play like it's going to be your last game."

Wilson managed Sunday's Futures Game, but he and Gomez have yet to cross paths at the All-Star events so far.

"Every time we come here to play against the Mets I have the opportunity to talk with Mookie, and we talk a little bit," Gomez said.

Gomez made his major league debut in 2007 with the Mets before the trade that offseason.

"I spent three years in the minor leagues and had the opportunity to be a professional ballplayer here when, back in the day, we had a superstar team," Gomez recalled. "To come back now and be an All-Star in New York, I can say it's a dream come true. My first big league game, my family couldn't be with me. But now, in New York, playing the All-Star Game, all my family is here. It's really special for me and something I'll never forget."