I put out a bunch of theories yesterday about Mike Nickeas's number switch from 13 to 4. And today I have the real explanation.
It turns out that Ronny Cedeno did request to have 13 so the Mets asked Nickeas if he would switch numbers. Of course, Mike was okay with switching so he went to 4. The story behind choosing 4 is that his father Mark, a former profession soccer player, wore the number when he played for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the NASL.
I think it's really cool that he is wearing his dad's number now. Maybe it will bring him luck. The Mets have had some very popular players wear 4. Robin Ventura, Rusty Staub, Ron Swoboda, and Lenny Dykstra have worn the number. And that other New York team had a pretty good player wear 4, Lou Gehrig.
4 could turn out to be pretty cool. No Met has done too well with it recently but hopefully Mike will change that.
Let's Go Mets!