BEHIND THE MASK: JERRY GROTE

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Winning was Jerry Grote’s bliss. In fact, his most joyous moment on the diamond was captured on film when teammate Jerry Koosman leapt into his arms after the final out of the 1969 World Series.

In 1976, Bob Myrick found out the hard way how Grote felt about losing when the Mets rookie pitcher beat his catcher in a game of Backgammon, causing Grote to explode, sending the board and its pieces across the room with a single swing of the arm.

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ALDERSON MUST INTERVIEW METS

Sandy Alderson

“My approach to leadership has always been to come in and make the organization in place better rather than different. And my inclination has never been to implement change by changing personnel. It probably goes back to the Marine Corps. If you’re a platoon commander, you don’t get to pick and choose. These are your guys. This is who we have. Let’s figure out how to get the job done.” — Sandy Alderson, San Diego Tribune

The New York Mets have it backwards.

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