Summers going fast, nights growing colder
Children growing up, old friends growing older
Freeze this moment a little bit longer
Make each sensation a little bit stronger
The experience slips away
The experience slips away
The innocence slips away…
Time Stands Still – Rush
I guess if you haven’t guessed ( or haven’t read the comments section here recently) , today is my 38th birthday. To some people it is a joyous occasion, to same it is a day to be cursed – as if it were some kind of pox. But to me it is a time to be sentimental, a time for me to reflect on my life so far – especially since I am such a rabid Mets fan. In my 38 years on this planet I have seen my team only win one World Series – and that was when I was 16 ( damn how 22 years go so fast!)
I have seen some good times with this team, and many bad times. I have seen my share of managers come and go – from Yogi to Jerry (13 to be exact). I have seen young homegrown players shoot to stardom like a supernova ( Darryl, Doc, David,Jose & and Ike), and I have seen faded superstars flame out ( Foster, Dock Ellis – and too many others to mention).
I have lived through three dark eras of Mets history starting with the the mid ’70′s to early ’80′s and ending with the ’02 – ’04 version ( I still feel last year was a aberration)
But it is funny how much life is like baseball. When we are born we are but green rookies learning how to play the game – some play by the rules, while many others try to gain advantages by not playing by the book. As we grow up we are either superstars or utility players, and as we grow older it is hard sometimes to know when it is time to hang up the cleats. But that is part of this funny thing called life.
I know that by my choosing the Mets as my favorite team when I came out of the womb that I would associate myself with a franchise that has had more droughts than the Arizonian desert – but sometimes you have to tough it through adversity before you can finally feel comfortable in your own skin – and even though this team has won only two rings in its 48 year history – many people feel that those two championships were some of the most exciting ever.
Just remember my friends life is what you make of it and it is easy to root for the sure thing- but just remember being a Mets fan is hard work , but when the champagne is cork is popped and the bubbly starts to flow, championship title three will be just as sweet !
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Both yesterday & today are cause to celebrate !
Mets players past and present that share my birthday include:
One of the more memorable players in Mets history, third baseman Ed Charles is 77. (1933)
Reliever from the mid ’80′s,Bob McClure is 58. (1952)
“Voice of the Mets”,Gary Cohen is 52.(1958)
Middle reliever from ’84-’85, Wes Gardner is 49.(1961)
Middle reliever from the ’08 season, Tony Armas Jr, is 32. (1978)
Last years Topps ” All Rookie Team catcher” and current backup at AAA, Omir Santos is 29. (1981)
New York Mets signed free agent Endy Chavez on April 29, 1996. Ten years later he would make ” The Catch !”
And I saw Mo Vaughn at yesterdays game, he told me he brought me a cake for my birthday – but he ate it !
Oh and by the way Ike Davis looks to be the real deal !!!