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Mets

John Strubel is a freelance sports reporter. His greatest passion in sports is New York Mets baseball. The following is a collection of stories written about the subject.

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LIFE UNDER THE BIG TOP

Everywhere Mets fans looked, they were delighted and surprised by the offbeat characters on and off the field. Lindsey Nelson, one of the Mets play-by-play announcer, was no exception. His wild and colorful blazers were conversation pieces. His...

WINTER BLUES FOR CLAIRE

We all make mistakes. The problem with making a mistake if you’re Bill Buckner or Scott Norwood or even Fred Claire is, it happens on the world stage for all to see. Coincidentally, Claire’s miscues from the general manager’s chair have intersected...

FOREVER YOUNG

Don’t, OK? Save your breath – and Anthony Young’s time. Just get to the question. That’s right, the question; the inevitable query about losing. He won’t mind answering because, well, the reply is always the same. I pitched well during the stretch...

THE SLIDE THAT CHANGED BASEBALL

Last October, during Game 2 of the National League Division Series, Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley slid into second base, hoping to break up a double play. He did more than that, he changed the game of baseball.

THE EDUCATION OF DANIEL MURPHY

With one-half of a major league season experience in his back pocket, Daniel Murphy is still learning. His education includes a new vocabulary. In May, Murphy was introduced to a word he’d never heard before – slump. From May 9 through May 31, in 20...

THE MAGIC IS BACK, IF ONLY FOR A NIGHT

“ 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...