When Jason Phillips’ wife went into labor, it was not only a great day for the Phillips family it was a great day for Joe DePastino as well. With Phillips away from the team visiting his wife and newborn baby, the Mets called up Joe DePastino to take his place. After ten years in the minors DePastino had finally made it to the majors.
DePastino made his Major League debut on August 5 as a pinch hitter for pitcher Dan Wheeler and grounded out to third base. He made one more appearance the following day once again as a pinch hitter, this time he struck out. Following his pinch-hit appearance, he remained in the game and finished the game as the Mets catcher.
When Jason Phillips returned to Mets, DePastino was sent back down to the minors ending his Major League career.
While with the Mets DePastino wore number 10.