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A ball player must confront two deaths. First, between the ages of 30 and 40 he perishes as an athlete. As a major league career is ending, all things will end. – Roger Khan
“No game is as verbal as baseball; baseball spreads 20 minutes of action across three hours a day.” – Roger Khan
“Our work has to represent our passion, our desire to contribute to our culture, especially to the development of others. By passion I mean the talents we have to share with others, the talents that shape our destiny and allow us to be of real service to others in our community.” – Phil Jackson
This is an excerpt from Jimmy Breslin’s classic book on the 1962 Mets, Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets’ First Year. I sat down and read the entire 128-page book between innings of a recent Mets game. Breslin was funny, thoughtful, passionate and insightful in describing the original Mets. I was struck by the mix of hope and despair that the fan base experienced throughout the season.