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I walked around thinking about the Mets a lot in Points to Starship for co-opting from Yogi when he was managing the Mets. Points deducted for this and most of their songs rather sucking. And for the Mets being over a few games too soon in I was quite devoted to my medleys. Catch us if you can. In very early July of that seminal year, the Mets had begun to look like pretenders. Here, I thought, we come again. And a call to replay the thrills of Hope equals Mets.
Let us not blow it. I was visiting a friend shortly after the World Series and we were in my rented convertible playing the first cassette from the boxed set, and it was only then that the lyric struck me as perfect for what the Mets did on October Post-Buckner, I claimed it for the Mets.
I see the pageant and pomp and parade! I have never known a bliss. Witnessed anything like this. First thing I ever found via this crazy series of tubes. McGlinchy staring in has his sign. The announcer welcoming you to Mets baseball is Ralph Kiner. The real tribute starts now. This song also pulls me back tothe Sunday I attended my first baseball card show at the then Statler Hilton across from Penn Station. We went out to dinner afterwards and my dad asked to see which cards I got.
I handed him a bunch of old Mets, one of which — Ron Locke, — he dropped in some salad dressing. Not much miraculous there, I admit. And as it was tightening its grip on my imagination, Olivia Newton-John gave the season a soundtrack. But once I did, I knew what it was about, about, about, about. Big favorite when it came out in Off Broadway, over in Queens, an even bigger production was generating great reviews.
We had been making something of a move on first place just before Stephanie and I were heading to Boston to visit Fenway. Of more import to me was the Mets were traveling to Atlanta that very same weekend.
The Mets won the first game of that series. A sweep would tie them for first. You feel your dreams are dying, hold tight. I tried it with trepidation. This song came on a tape I was listening to as I merged on to the Southern State. I accelerated against all doubt. As an aside, I liked that this, as well as several selections dotting the medley, were actually from Pitching off the stretch.
The game is over! The Mets win it! Once it was captured in Cincinnati, somebody in New York had to play it. When it came to the moment when the Mets crossed the threshold from playoff hopefuls to playoff participants, I never wanted to leave.
And now we had us some good. Ooh, it makes you wanna die. I now understand it was just waiting for its medley closeup. Me, I waited eleven years for the Mets to return to the playoffs. And once the hubbub died down on October 4, this is the song I opted to slide into the CD player. Matt Franco, a two-run single off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Mets win it, nine to eight!
They were the only team in my book…on July 10 and on any day. Yet I carried with me one minute memory from those late Sunday nights with Sammy: One afternoon in Septemberthe lyric about a season box to see the Mets clicked on in my mental jukebox.
Hot fun in the summertime.
As long as we were on the season theme, it worked for A lot to love, you know. Join us, leave your cheese to sour. Join us, come and waste an hour or two…doodle-ee-do.
OK, I cheated here. But aaaayyyy, when Fonzie was a Met, they were all happy days. All that conferencing, and you have to face our best pinch-hitter! Darryl Hamilton had hit a grand slam in the fifth. Not a little bit of worry to be had in Metland…right?
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A rather incurable breakdown. Think of Rheingold whenever you buy beer. Into the spotlight, one more time, just in time to play. First, this is the track whose deployment in all this, quite frankly, impressed me the most.
Stepping back from my appreciation of my medley luck, this is the moment more than any other on this tape that makes me choke up every time I hear it. I had such high hopes for that game.
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It was all going to happen. Play one more time and one more time after that… Ohmigod, they killed Kenny. Dude, Kenny is dead. Son of a bitch! It was raining all over the world wherever a Mets fan stood without the sense to come in out of it. How could it be over? Someday, when the world is much brighter. If only you believed in miracles, so would I.
Faith and hope hope! Give us strength strength! Put a song in our heart. I gotta have faith. I gotta have faith, a-faith, a-faith.
All I need is you. All I need is a miracle. I particularly like the allusion Pet Clark makes to never having seen coming in And the boys never let me down. Mike Piazza, a three-run homer! Where did that land? It hit the picnic tent, beyond the left field bullpen, about halfway up the picnic tent roof! Believe in the magic that can set you free…ohh! He was tearing up this town.
They all made me Believe in Magic in But still, for one day…for 97 regular-season days and five more in the postseason, they could be a lot. We will, we will rock you. We will always rock you, whoever you are. The air is fresh and clean. Another rainy day in New York City.
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And they could have gone on another fifteen if it meant getting drive in the air to deep right field. It was all right, but this song made me get the soundtrack. And Robin Ventura made me think of this song. And this song makes me think of Robin Ventura in the bottom of the fifteenth. Born out of the twin abandonments of the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers, The Mets took their Halloween orange from the Giants and the powder blue from the Dodgers never mind their recent forays into Giant and Oakland Raider black, we all think black can make us look better than it can.
Black may be the new black, but it can only do so much to hide our unattractive pieces. And out of the roller-coaster history of both those Yankees rivals was born a team that could combine their glory and their folly.
I once wrote that I liked watching the Mets because I like feeling sad and alone. Growing up a Red Sox fan in the bucolic New England suburbs of Boston, I found that I needed to follow a baseball team that put its fans through ritual torture as part of their game schedule. Get with it, people!
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Or someone they met on craigslist. It reminds me of Charlie Brown getting his clothes knocked off by a bullet hit right back to the mound. Oh, the butcher and the baker and the people on the streets, Where did they go?
These fans go nuts when something good happens for their team. It would have been easier for them to switch to the Yankees at any point of their lives. And yet they soldier on, this butcher and this baker and these street people. There have been attempts to update the song a few times, but the song as recorded all the way back when the club was just a whisper of a hope that National League Baseball would return to New York.
It was a promise paid for in heartbreak and hope. And in getting away from the group performances of it at Citi Field, perhaps this group of current baseball players inhabiting those uniforms have forgotten their connection to the fans.