This year, Niese shares his birthday with Game 1 of the World Series (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, 8 p.m. ET game time) as the Mets and Royals get underway at Kauffman Stadium. It's Ruben Tejada's birthday, too, though the shortstop, who is out because of injury, was born in 1989.
Niese wasn't able to enjoy the 1986 title at the time, of course. But as the third-longest-tenured player on the Mets' current roster, he has heard plenty of stories over the years from Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, Tim Teufel and other '86 Mets who hang around Flushing in various roles.
"I've heard a lot of stories about Teufel and how the flair on their team, everything was electric," Niese said. "They had great camaraderie, which I see on this team, too."