Mets great Mookie Wilson — a star of the 1986 World Series championship team — thinks this year's squad can go all the way.
He remains optimistic even after they got "smoked" by the Yankees.
The team's stolen base king joined general manager Sandy Alderson and Mets hitting legend Rusty Staub at a reception at the St. Alban's Veteran's Hospital on Linden Boulevard on Monday as part of the organization's outreach efforts.
They took questions from residents in a lounge renovated by the team and Major League Baseball in 2013, when the All-Star Game was held at Citi Field.
The questions weren't easy — from inning limitations to pitcher Matt Harvey to if they ever think the designated hitter will return — but the trio answered each one.
And they all reassured die-hard fans about the Mets after Sunday's crushing defeat by the Yankees by a score of 11-2.
Alderson urged fans to look at things "in a broader context."
"Things happen in the course of two to three games," he said, noting that the team got "smoked" last night.
The previously hot Mets have been in a recent slump, losing two out of three games during this weekend's Subway Series.
But they're still in first place.
And, Staub said, they've already changed the hearts of their most skeptical critics.
"Instead of bus drivers and cab drivers screaming different things at me, they're all rooting for the Mets," Staub joked.
Wilson was even more optimistic.
"I think we're going all the way," he said to cheers.
Mookie Wilson and Sandy Alderson, center, listen as former player Rusty Staub answers a question at St. Alban's Veteran's Hospital on Sept. 21. (DNAinfo/Katie Honan)
Mookie Wilson meets with a fan at St. Alban's Veteran's Hospital in Queens on Sept. 21. (DNAinfo/Katie Honan) Mookie Wilson, Sandy Alderson and Rusty Staub answered questions from residents at St. Alban's Veteran's Hospital in Queens on Monday, Sept 21. (DNAinfo/Katie Honan)
Rusty Staub speaks with a resident at St. Alban's Veteran's Hospital in Queens on Sept. 21. (DNAinfo/Katie Honan)