In 1986 Doc’s visits came via TV
April innings snuck sparingly during work nights
May Saturday games yelled at in smoky Syracuse bars
June July August hoping this 21-year-old Dwight remained good and true
Third year in the bigs with my Mets on a real roll
Thunder and lightning fastball
Lord Charles curve
Opposing batters, knees buckling.
September was cruise control on the way to 108 games won
October, oh, October.
Astros fall in six games for pennant!
Buckner misses game six Mookie grounder and, poor Red Sox, we win game seven!
The Doc and gang delivered a World Series title in 1986
And my 29-year-old’s heart said wheeeeeee!
On June 20, 2015, Doc’s visit came in person
I stood by a rail in NBT Bank Stadium
I wore a Mets shirt
I wore a Mets hat
I looked out over a line of a thousand Mets fans ignoring the Chiefs game
They waited for five seconds and one autograph.
I wanted one good picture.
The buzz started
Some folks saw the tall former pitcher walk out of the hall
Chiefs GM Jason Smorol strode next to Doc
They aimed straight toward the rail
Tne Mets fans called his name
The man who won the 1986 World Series with my gang of Mets
Doc looked straight ahead
At my shirt
At my hat
At my smiling face
Doc Gooden reached out
He shook my hand
And 29 years later my heart said whooooooooooa!
The Triple-A International League Syracuse Chiefs called Saturday night Re-opening Day, with 1986 New York Mets Dwight Gooden and Len Dykstra visiting to sign autographs. Although it was announced that both would sign on the concourse between 5 p.m. and the start of the game at 7, transportation for the former players’ was late. Dykstra signed from 6 to 8 p.m. and Gooden from around 8:10 p.m. to 10:10 p.m. The line for each was long. I decided to just take pictures and watch the game with my dear wife Karen, daughter Elisabeth, her boyfriend George Three, and his parents George Two and Susan.
This is the second of my entries in the Five Photos Five Series Challenge. My thanks to Amy Rose for nominating me to participate.
Here’s how this challenge works: You Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph that shares your insight or inspiration of or from the image.
Today I nominate my friend, novelist S.D. Gates. Have fun!