On June 20, 1964 Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jim Bunning threw a perfect game against the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader at Shea Stadium. With his wife and children in the stands, here’s what happened …
“I don’t think it’s serious,” replied Collins.
Collins short, incomplete answer, begged a follow-up question. Moments later, it came. Was not having Bruce in the lineup a reason for concern?
Four years ago, Colin Kaepernick was ranked among the top quarterbacks in the National Football League. He started all 16 games for the San Francisco 49ers, leading the team to a 12-4 regular season record and a Super Bowl appearance.
One “career year” (2013) was followed by successive seasons of mediocrity (2014), injury (2015) and controversy (2016). Now, as teams fill out their rosters with free agents in preparation for camp, Kaepernick is unemployed. According to a report by Pro Football Talk, of the 32 NFL teams, zero have even inquired about Kaepernick.
Pahokee, the small town on the banks of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, is considered one of the poorest in the country. Overrun by drugs, crime and poverty, Palm Beach County reports one-half of the between the ages of 18 and 25 had felony convictions. In Pahokee, the average family earns about $34,000 and the unofficial unemployment rate is 40 percent. It is a place where depression begets desperation. According to Bryan Mealer, author of the book Muck City, families resort to catching rainwater to survive because their utilities have been cut off.
The New York Mets 55-year history has more than 100 years worth of memories. The people (owners, managers and players), the games and the legendary success (and failure) are enough to fill an enormous amount of space and time.
Recently, I walked through the gates of Citi Field for the first time. I intentionally wanted to experience what a fan experiences, not a member of the media, so I bought my tickets online and planned my visit ever so carefully.