Sorry for my absence over the past month but my father in law became critically ill the past few weeks and he unfortunately passed on February 16th.
I know that I am a little late to the party in reviewing “Turning Two” by legendary Mets shortstop, Bud Harrelson( with help from Daily News scribe, Phil Pepe). “Turning Two” is Derrel “Bud” Harrelson’s autobiography which covers his growing up to humble beginnings in Northern California to his signing with the Mets ( he did have an offer from the Yankees) to the “Miracle” ’69 team. It also spans his later years as a Phillie, Ranger as well as his coaching and managerial stints with the Mets as well as his partial ownership of the Long Island Ducks of the Independent League.
“Turning Two” doesn’t offer any real bombshells, although I was a bit surprised on how he feels about the steroid era, and that he really doesn’t care much for the “flashy” shortstops that rule the game today. One of the best parts of the book is when he talks about the two Mets managers that helped shape his career – Casey Stengel and Gil Hodges. When you read the about how Casey helped mentor him when he was a rookie and how much of strong – yet quiet figure Gil was , you get to know these two figures in a different light.
“Turning Two” is a must have for any Mets fan, but I also suggest that this book is a must read for any high school, college and minor league player because it shows that 5’9 160 lb shortstop who never was much of a hitter but had the gumption as well as the passion to make it to the big leagues can still succeed no matter what his drawbacks are.
And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Sadly on this date in 2011, one time back up catcher/first baseman, Greg Goossen passed away at the age of 66. Goosen played with the Mets from 1965 to 1968. In his 99 games as a Met he compiled a .202 batting average with two home runs and sixteen RBIs
Mo Vaughn thinks that “Reading Is Fundamental” !!!!