Tomorrow marks a yearly ritual for fanatics of the sport of marathon running. Yes that's right starting at 7 a.m the Verrazano Bridge will be off limits to all automobiles because the motor of choice will not be fueled by gasoline or diesel but blood sweat and determination. Yes it is almost time for the fortieth running of the New York City Marathon ( or as I like to call it 29 miles of pure torture !!).Last February I profiled avid Mets fan and runner, Sharon Chapman - a avid runner who is raising money for the Tug Mcgraw race for the cure foundation. The following is the republished article from that time. Enjoy !!!
But our friend Greg Prince asked us to link to his amazing blog Faith and Fear In Flushing, where he has a interview with Sharon Chapman – A long time Mets fan who is in training for the New York City Marathon. She is using the marathon to raise money for the Tug McGraw Foundation, which is a charity that has devoted its resources to making the lives of people coping with brain cancer, post- traumatic stress disorder and trauma brain injuries better. To read Greg’s interview click here.
If you are within the five boroughs and intend on watching the marathon in person please give Sharon all your support. She is one hell of a role model, selflessly raising money and awareness to this worthwhile charity. If you can spare a few bucks please go to the Tug McGraw Foundation at www.tugmcgraw.comThank youAnd with that said.... HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!  Former reserve outfielder from '69-'74, Jim Gosger is 68 (1942) . One time dominant reliever ( except when he became a Met) ,John " The Candyman" Candelaria is 57 (1953) .The Cincinnati Reds signed reserve catcher, Dave Liddell of the New York Mets as a free agent on November 6, 1990.The folk hero that wasn't during the '00 World Series, Bubba Trammell is 39 (1971) After he lift the Mets in '01 he became a everyday player for the San Diego Padres and went on to have some pretty decent power numbers. Mo Vaughn has been inspired that he has decided to take up running - World watch out !!!