“The best thing about Mel was that he was a straight shooter. When I first came up, he would talk to my dad a lot, and he told me, ‘Your dad knows a lot about pitching.’ He respected that, and Mel took the time to find little things to make my fastball better. After every game I pitched, I would call my dad before I would talk to reporters and go over the game. My dad had one of those big satellite dishes like a spaceship, and he and Mel would be saying the same stuff to me about pitching.’ One of the best things Mel ever told me, and it’s true for every pitcher, if you’re not mentally exhausted at the end of the game, you didn’t do your job. That taught me to lock in on every pitch.”
National League baseball in New York was redefined on March 6, 1961 when the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club Inc. formally received a certificate of membership from leave president Warren Giles. Of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs today, the case could be made that no other team has a more compelling franchise history than the New York Mets. From Casey Stengel to Yogi Berra, Marv Throneberry to Tom Seaver, Willie Mays, Tug McGraw, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Bobby Valentine, Pedro Martinez and Matt Harvey, the Mets are loaded with character(s). Then there are the Amazin’ seasons — 1962, 1969, 1973, 1986, 2000, 2006-2008 and 2015 — full of miracles, joy, hope and heartbreak. Mets Rewind is designed for that purpose: To share team history in a distinct and entertaining format. We hope you — the baseball fan — enjoy the content. We encourage you to share your memories.