New York Mets

“ Home runs are over-rated. You don’t have to hit home runs to win. If I don’t get a home run all year, and the team wins, I’ll be more than satisfied.” Steve Henderson

The Reccoppa family piled into Dad’s burnt orange 1970 Plymouth Duster for the short ride across the bridge on Route 37 to Seaside Heights. A visit to grandma’s summer house, a sure sign school would be out soon.

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While researching another story, I stumbled on to this “open letter” former Mets general manager Frank Cashen wrote for the New York Times. It is fascinating, to say the least, because:

a. Cashen took the initiative to include Mets fans on what the organization would do to build a winning team and how they would execute their plan
b. The letter reveals the nuances of the now defunct reentry draft
c. How free agency operated in the pre-Boras days, when “A List” free agents were bid on openly by potential suitors

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The Bad Guys Won

While the 2004 New York Mets were inside Shea Stadium getting pounded by the St. Louis Cardinals, Jeff Pearlman was in the parking lot spreading the word about the 1986 World Champion New York Mets.

Pearlman, author of The Bad Guys Won which chronicles the ’86 Mets wild ride both on and off the field, spent his Thursday afternoon slapping promotional flyers for his book on the windshields of Met fans cars with the help of a couple friends.

This was not Harper Collins’ idea, it was writer’s brainchild.

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Yoenis Cespedes is making the most of his time in the United States. Type his name in Google and tap the search button.

See what I mean?

His professional baseball career starts and ends quickly. It begins in 2012 with Cespedes signing a four-year, $36 million contract with the Oakland Athletics. Three years and some change later, Cespedes has played in three major league cities — Oakland, Boston, Detroit — and, on Saturday, he will begin a new chapter in New York.

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