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Friday, September 01, 2006

"RSN-Wherever You Are-Ya Gotta Believe"

About this time in 1973, with their Backs against the wall, in last place in the National League East & with Yogi Berra as Manager, the New York Mets, filled with injuries, as well as having a 42 Year Old Center Fielder named Willie Howard Mays, old #24, as he was finishing out his career in New York, where he started with the New York Giants, that team began an amazing run:

Tim Mc Graw’s father, Francis Edwin Mc Graw, a Mets Reliever, coined a most-famous phrase, one which sits with me to this day;

“Ya Gotta Believe”;

Well, this is NOT the time for we fans of “The Carmine Hose” to give up hope. Adversity is what makes us great fans. It makes for fun, whereas despair makes us an unhappy, if not suicidal lot;

Our Captain, Mr Varitek, may return Sunday, as will Trot Nixon. Did I mention that Mr Dave Wallace is back as pitching coach? & David “El Papi Grande” will be back tomorrow night;

That Mets Team, in ‘73, was 82-79 & dragged the Oakland Athletics 7 games in the ‘73 World Series;

I hope, for Jon Lester’s sake, that all he has is a bad cold & nothing more;

If it’s more-serious, this season is dedicated to him & a glorious post season will follow;

It’s time for the players to give MORE of themselves, just like the ‘73 Mets did;

The time is NOW, for a run of these proportions;

It isn’t time for the fans to run to the Zakim Bridge or for the NY contingent of Red Sox Nation, to run to some high point & commit Hari-Kiri;

It’s time for all to remember Francis Edwin Mc Graw’s Adage, which rings true in every season, where “Play Ball” is heard;

“Ya Gotta Believe”;

Thanks, Tug. Those words ring true all the time;

Francis Edwin “Tug” Mc Graw (1940-2004);

Thanks!

-Michael.

7 Comments:

Blogger Michael Leggett said...

To quote Mr Bob Murphy, late of the Mets Broadcast Booth:

'Ladies & Gentleman, fasten your seat belts, we're in the 9th Inning";

Hence, it's September 1st & the game isn't over.

12:02 PM  
Blogger The Omnipotent Q said...

A slight correction. Willie Mays' legal first name isn't William, it's Willie.

God Bless Tug and the Murph. We miss them.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

It being so noted, Omnipotent Q:

As tomorrow is the 40th Anniversary of my 1st-Ever MLB Game, when @ Shea Stadium, I got my 1st taste of listening to "The Murf", over these many years, this will be an evening of old & new memories & Tug Mc Graw is included;

Papi Grande returns tomorrow evening;

"Ya Gotta Believe!"

3:29 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

The correction is made, Q:

RSN, wherever you are;

"Ya Gotta Believe!"

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Omnipotent Q said...

Michael

Saturday's game has been MOVED UP to 1:05 PM. It's due to the upcoming bad weather, so jump on the Fung Wah Bus EARLY tomorrow!!!

10:40 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

About To!

Red Sox Sent an e-mail to me around 7PM;

Nevertheless, thanks for the advisory!

12:15 AM  
Blogger Peter N said...

And spam here! That sucks. Have fun amidst the bad news and the scattered droplets of moisture.

10:28 AM  

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