THE BIGGEST LOSS OF THE SEASON

I was set to write about the new minority owner (soon to be majority owner?) David Einhorn, until I found out about the passing of Dana Brand. To say I’m shocked and saddened is an understatement.

When Dana wrote his book Mets Fans, he was gracious to invite me to the book launch party. Dana was a long time reader of this blog and never hesitated to tell me how much he loved my writing, this from a professor of English and American Literature at Hofstra University who gained his PhD from Yale, loved reading what I wrote. It was because of that, the e-mails I receive about my needing an editor and a grammar course made me laugh, if Professor Brand liked my work what the hell did I care what anyone else thought.

I had attended a few games with Dana and I got to meet up with him at the last game at Shea Stadium. Dana and I grew up in the same era and whenever I’d mention bringing my Boars Head bologna sandwich, Wise onion garlic potato chips and my Key Food Root Beer left in the freezer overnight and wrapped in tin foil, he give me that big hearty laugh of his as he had the same game day routine.  We all did, it was a big part of Metsfandom.

It’s why whenever we met at Citi Field we acted like a couple of old farts, when he’d look around and say “eh, it’s not Shea and shake our heads. We both knew, when Shea was gone so was a major part of our lives as Mets fans.

I am going to miss Dana tremendously as will all of the Mets Bloggers who knew but no one will miss him more than his family and to the Brand family I offer my most heartfelt condolence.

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WALLY BACKMAN, STILL PART OF THE FAMILY

As expected, Wally Backman will remain in the Mets organization as manager of the Binghamton Mets. Although there was an outcry in the some parts Metsville on Backman getting the big league job as skipper, a jump from managing short season team to a Double A team is very impressive.

Nothing sparks debate better than a list of all time players and Mike Silva has stoked the fire of Mets fans hearts with his Top 50 All Time Mets list. I will be quite curious to read the comments on Mike site over this list as I found out with Kerrel Copper writing about retiring Ed Kranepool’s #7, there is a bit of a generation gap between the guys of my generation and the 20-30 something Mets fans. 2011 will be the 25th Anniversary of the 1986 World Champs, that means the twenty something’s have never witnessed a Mets parade down the Canyon of Heroes (my old ass has seen both Mets parades) and the thirty something’s  have a vague memory of the festive day on Broadway. I don’t blame the younger Mets fans for getting tired of old farts like myself waxing poetic about the Mets of yesteryear but then again don’t discount the players of the era either.  

By the way, I e-mailed Mike with my displeasure of John Franco being ranked higher that Ed Kranepool on his list.  Same with Johan Santana at #20, a bit high. Tug McGraw and Rusty Staub should definitely be ranked higher than Santana.  Jerry Grote at #30?  Com’on way tooooooooo low and by the way all you kids better get off my lawn. What about George Theodore, Joel Youngblood, Ron Swoboda, Ron Hunt and Dennis Ribant, okay Ribant is a reach.          

The best part about the end of the holidays is that the Mets front office should be open for business next week and maybe we can start seeing some signings or trades for pitchers. Yeah I’m beyond antsy.

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