Kyle O’Quinn really wants the Mets to win the World Series

O'Quinn somegrew grew to be even bigger than Mike Piazza.

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Kyle O'Quinn might be one of the newest members of the Knicks, but that's not what makes him a true New Yorker. Nope, O'Quinn's NYC upbringing had far more to do with that.

The Knicks backup power forward (but possible future starting 4-man) grew up in Queens, not too far from Shea Stadium where the Mets played their games during his childhood. And because of that, the former Magic big man became a huge fan of the Metropolitans, who just swept the Cubs in the National League Championship Series en route to their first World Series appearance since 2000. 

Here's more from Marc Berman of the New York Post:

People think the 6-foot-4 Joe Mauer is a big catcher. What must they have thought of O'Quinn, who eventually stretched out to 6-foot-10?

The Mets will play the winner of the Royals-Blue Jays series. Kansas City currently leads three games to two. The World Series begins Oct. 27.

O’Quinn’s father, who passed away recently, turned his son into a bigger Mets fan than a Knicks fan. O’Quinn’s favorite Met was Mike Piazza (his favorite Knicks was Larry Johnson).

“Grew up loving [Piazza],’’ O’Quinn said at Thursday’s morning shootaround at TD North Garden before the Knicks finished up their exhibition schedule against the Celtics. “I played catcher at Little League and wanted to be like him.’’

Knicks president Phil Jackson signed the 25-year-old O’Quinn during free agency to a four-year, $16 million contract after he became an afterthought in the Orlando youth movement.

The Knicks’ schedule will allow O’Quinn to be in town to attend one of the Mets’ World Series contests against the Blue Jays or Royals when the series swings back to Citi Field on Friday.

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