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Even in hindsight the story is hard to fathom. The New York Mets came to bat in the bottom of the 10th inning, at home, trailing the Boston Red Sox 5-3 in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. They were three outs away from losing the Series. Hold on, this isn’t the story you’re thinking it is.

Wally Backman led off the inning slicing a line drive into the glove of Dave Henderson. One out. Keith Hernandez then hit a hard line drive to centerfield for the second out. The Mets were, as Len Dykstra would later tell Peter Golenbeck in Amazin’, “one out away from wasting the whole f—ing season.”

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Gregg Jefferies’ career with the New York Mets is difficult to put into words. As a man he has been described as “petulant … self-absorbed … immature … selfish …” As a player, Jefferies was described far differently; he was labeled by scouts as a teenage “phenom”  and the late, legendary L.A. Times baseball columnist Jim Murray described his swing as “equal parts pancake syrup and butter.”

Somewhere in the space between, where the drama, conflict and jealousy fall away, the real Gregg Jefferies is revealed.

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Plattsburgh, New York is a small town, located 60 miles south of the Montreal, Quebec, Canada border and 32 miles north of Burlington, Vermont. The most notable United States city near Plattsburgh is Lake Placid, New York, a modest village and the famed setting for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games where the U.S. men’s ice hockey team upset Russia to win the gold medal, better known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

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Mike Vaccaro, columnist for the New York Post, will be my guest on Voices: The Podcast this evening. His latest column on Tim Tebow has the Mets fan base stirring. We will discuss Tebow and the Mets.

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New York Mets pitcher Chris Flexen is about to do something Tom Seaver did; Nolan Ryan did; Dwight Gooden did; Jacob deGrom did.

Flexen, who arrived at Petco Park in San Diego (by way of Binghamton), will make his major league debut against the Padres.

“I don’t think it will be too difficult,” Flexen told the New York media. “The hardest thing is to manage the emotions. Like he [Terry Collins] said, ‘Whatever got me here, stick with it.’ That’s been being confident, attacking guys and that’s what I am going to go out and do. Just stick to the game plan.”

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