Of course I know the lyrics to the song Meet the Mets.
It’s been playing in my brain since the early 1960s when Jane Jarvis would play it on the Shea Stadium organ and the crowd would be coaxed to sing along “bring your kiddies, bring your wife, guaranteed to have the time of your life.”
And so I loved seeing a jacket of a .45 of the ditty in the Hall of Fame when my dear wife Karen took the trip from A Bitty Better in the Liverpool neighborhood of Galeville to Cooperstown last week.
There is Mets memorabilia all over the joint.
There’s a statue of the Mets’ first manager, Casey Stengel, a man who could talk his way into any conversation and out of any logical flow of thought. He was wise and wily.
There’s 20th Century pop art of Tom Seaver, our first great pitcher, the man who brought us to that unlikely and unforgettable initial World Series title in 1969.
There’s a new-inductee exhibit for Mike Piazza, who was inducted in August 2016 with Ken Griffey Jr.
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Now we have two players who chose to go in as a New York Met. Tom and Mike.
The photo gallery includes a shot of Homer the Beagle holding a Let’s Go Mets sign, circa 1963. You gotta believe.
Another photo caught the legend of You Gotta Believe, which has spanned all of our World Series appearances, win (1969 and 1986) or lose 1973, 2000, 2015).
There’s an exhibit for the first game back after the horror of 9/11, when the Mets took the field at Shea Stadium wearing hats from first responders who battled the tragedy just across the river at the site of the Twin Towers, so fresh in the memories of the world.
It all made this Mets fan proud, every glimpse of the blue and orange.
I can’t wait to see more famous moments in seasons to come.
Tomorrow: On for a sample at Brewery Ommegang
Which is your favorite baseball team, and what’s your favorite fan story? Which is your favorite photo, and why?