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Carnegie Deli enveils the "Mo-Licious Sandwich."
Vaughn gets sandwich, says Mets will have attitude
Feb. 12, 2002
SportsLine.com wire reports
NEW YORK -- Mo Vaughn wasn't hamming it up at the Carnegie Deli: Pastrami, corned beef and turkey, but no ham.
A few days before heading to his first spring training with the New York Mets, Vaughn appeared Tuesday at the temple of cholesterol cuisine to christen the "Mo-Licious Sandwich."
"To endorse this sandwich is not really the message I want to send the club," said Vaughn, who has battled his weight and slimmed down some during the offseason.
The big sandwich's ingredients, packed between two slices of rye bread, are corned beef ("Mo's a beefy guy"), spiced pastrami ("He's adding some spice to New York"), turkey ("New York's thankful for Mo") and cheese ("because of Mo's big, cheesy smile").
"You can't even eat one side," he said. "You have to take it home and eat it for a week."
Vaughn is among the multitude of new Mets reporting to Port St. Lucie, Fla., starting Friday, a group that includes Roberto Alomar, Jeromy Burnitz, Roger Cedeno, Pedro Astacio, Shawn Estes and Jeff D'Amico.
"There's definitely going to be some attitude," Vaughn said. "You have to walk around like you're going to strike fear in people. You've got to have that swagger."
Vaughn has a .298 career batting average and 299 homers, but missed all of last year because of a torn biceps tendon. After eight seasons in Boston, he found himself unhappy during his three years in Anaheim.
He grew up in Norwalk, Conn., and went to college at Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J., so he's familiar with New York. He lives in Massachusetts during the offseason and will live in Manhattan during the season.
"Being here is different than being in Boston," he said. "Boston, I made home. But this is home."
He was clearly overweight when the Mets acquired him from the Angels on Dec. 27 for pitcher Kevin Appier. Vaughn has worked out all winter but still appears to be at least 270 pounds.
After winning their first NL pennant since 1986 and losing to the Yankees in the 2000 World Series, the Mets slumped to 82-80 last season, showing little offense and causing the roster overhaul.
Vaughn has been to the playoffs with Boston, but never the World Series. He's 34 and running out of time.
"I'm here to play some ball," he said. "Playing well is the bottom line -- that's the key of anything. You've got to lay it down every day and be consistent."
He seemed a little embarrassed that the sandwich was named after him. He suggested there be one named after Mets catcher Mike Piazza, too.
What would it have?
"A lot of style," he said. "A lot of flash."
The Associated Press News Service
Copyright 2002, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved
Wish you guys had to put up with the BS deli stuff we have here - for just ONE day - and you will never talk like that in an international forum again [img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif[/img]
Devil, you're going to have to bring me one of them sandwiches when you come down to Miami... if you're coming this year, that is...