Rusty Staub was beloved in New York, not only for his baseball acumen but his kindness and generosity. The longtime Mets OF/1B passed away this morning. He was 73.
He played nine seasons in New York (1972-1975, 1981-1985).
Former Mets and close friends Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling spoke to the media about Staub prior to the Mets scheduled home opener today at Citi Field. Fighting back tears, Hernandez told the media, “He could be tough as hell and as soft as a mushroom. It’s a tough day.”
Ron on what Rusty Staub meant to him pic.twitter.com/chvuLGH2Y8
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