Braden Looper (born on October 28, 1974) played pitcher for the Mets from 2004 to 2005. In January 2004, Looper signed with the Mets, and had his best season to date going 2-5 with 29 saves and a 2.70 ERA. However, Looper had many crucial blown saves during the 2005 season, including blown saves on Opening Day, in a game that would have clinched a Met sweep at Yankee Stadium and as part of an eight-run collapse by the Mets pen against the Nationals. With that, many Mets fan called him "Blooper". These performances still fresh in fans' minds, he was greeted with loud boos and "Looper sucks!" chants.
In September 2005, Looper underwent shoulder surgery to repair a blown AC joint. This, and acquisition by the Mets of other relief pitchers, kept the Mets from picking up his $5 million option for 2006.