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Worf101
09-28-2007, 05:50 AM
This baseball season would've killed him. My Dad (God rest his soul) lived to be 91 years old and died in 1993, the same year my son Ian was born. Like many of his generation he was a Brooklyn Dodger Fan. When they moved he mourned but never ever went across town to either the Giants nor (god strike me dumb) the Yankees. He suffered as did my whole neighborhood until the New York Metropolitans were born.

We went to games at the old Polo Grounds till they built Shea. I went there often with the Cub and Boy Scouts. We put Champagne in the fridge in 1969 and my father drank it for the first and only time that year as the Amazin' Met's won it all. We saw Willie Mays' last game in a Mets uniform and cried tears. We suffered in 1973 when the Amazin's lost to Reggie Jackson's Oakland A's only to endure a decade more of Mets' ineptitude while Steinbrenner's Yankee's ruled the roost.

In the early 1980's the worm turned and our hearts and fortunes rose on the arm of a young Dwight Gooden and the bat of slugger with the unlikely last name of Strawberry. As we battlled the Cardinals in 1985 we talked on the phone day and night and after 162 games. We managed, despite dad's advancing age and crippling Arthritis to see 6 games that year. Old and wrinkled as dirt, with no teeth and no cartilege left in either hip, we climbed those steps and rooted hard as we could only to come up short in the end but we'd never been closer or happier.

1986, the heavens parted and we won it all. Crushing the hopes of another hard luck team in the process. We only prayed that it coulda been the Yankees and not the Sox. After that glorious moment our teams fortunes and Dad's health steadily declined. We sucked again, as we always seemed to do. Luckily dad was gone in 2000 and didn't have to witness our beloved Mets get spanked by George's Yankees in the Series.

Last year was a blessing we were within one game of making the World Series I was sure that Pop's was looking down (or up) and smiling. We lived and died on every game and pitch as we grew old together him and I. This year's collapse by the Mets is historic, damaging and tragic. I pray that wherever the ole Crocodile is, he can turn the T. V. off and have a cold one and drown his sorrows... cause I sure can't.

Da Worfster

Whirlin_merlin
09-28-2007, 06:38 AM
Very OT but the thread title reminded me of something my grandfather once said when we were working out relative ages.

'If my father were alive, he would be dead by now.'

FlatSpinMan
09-28-2007, 07:08 AM
I couldn't care less about baseball but that story was brilliantly written - really poignant. Sounds like you miss him a lot.

SlickStick
09-28-2007, 02:49 PM
Nice tribute, Worf. I also feel your pain.

My disappointment with the Mets melt-down over these past two weeks is beyond words. Blowing a 7 game lead down the stretch is unacceptable. Pitching, pitching, pitching...the bullpen needs to learn how to close a game.

On the father note, I first thought this thread was going to be about this game. As my father was an avid private pilot, as well as an A & P Mechanic, he also loved WWII fighter planes. Many of his scale models of WWII planes can still be found at all of the local airports here in NJ, as well as at his favorite taverns. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

He taught me much about flying and we used to spend every Sunday flying somewhere around the tri-state area. I unofficially learned to fly by instruments when I was 10 years old, as I couldn't really see much out the front and only had my wingtips on the horizon to look at from the cockpit.

He died in 1993 at the young age of 64, but everytime I go online, I think about him and how much he would have enjoyed this game and other flight simulators prior to this one. Back in 1993, the technology hadn't quite taken off yet and the game programs were even weaker, but the fun we could have had together, might have helped make up for the other stuff.

He also built his own ham radio stations, and as we all know, ham radio is akin to today's internet with the chatting and meeting of people from all over the world. I used to go to his apartment and spend hours looking at all the postcards that the ham operators share with each other.

Today, whenever I am triumphant in a tough, close, online battle...I just think to myself...."That one was for you, Dad."

triad773
09-28-2007, 03:59 PM
Hi Worf- certainly no disrespect intended, but try being a Cubs fan- the perennial losers.

They hadn't won a world series in... I dunno.. when?

Thankfully I was cured of the baseball thing early in life when me Dah took me to my first game. It was box seats in the nosebleed section. I respect those who love the game, but I'm more football.

It doesn't pay to be a sportsfan in Chicago (sometimes).

~S~ to you Sir and your Pa.

woofiedog
09-29-2007, 04:18 AM
Great story... and the Red Sox just clinched their first American League East title in 12 years. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Philipscdrw
09-29-2007, 06:49 AM
I'm very impressed that America always wins the World Series.

Bearcat99
09-29-2007, 07:12 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gifOriginally posted by Philipscdrw:
I'm very impressed that America always wins the World Series.

Yeah well if some of you yahoos would drop that wussy Cricket and get with the program.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Worf101
09-29-2007, 09:41 AM
Thanks for the love fellahs. I guess I was missing the Ole Man as much as crying in my virtual beer. You folks here never fail to "pick a fellah up". That's why I come here. Yeah we share many passions here, the game, WWII history and aviation, but there's a genuine sense of community here that I guess I don't get anywhere's else online. I appreciate the "bucking up", pity it didn't help the squad though, they tanked again.

Thanks for the kind gesture Bearcat, it didn't go unnoticed. Fathers and sons... fathers and sons.

Da Worfster

Worf101
09-29-2007, 09:43 AM
Originally posted by SlickStick:
Nice tribute, Worf. I also feel your pain.

My disappointment with the Mets melt-down over these past two weeks is beyond words. Blowing a 7 game lead down the stretch is unacceptable. Pitching, pitching, pitching...the bullpen needs to learn how to close a game.

On the father note, I first thought this thread was going to be about this game. As my father was an avid private pilot, as well as an A & P Mechanic, he also loved WWII fighter planes. Many of his scale models of WWII planes can still be found at all of the local airports here in NJ, as well as at his favorite taverns. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

He taught me much about flying and we used to spend every Sunday flying somewhere around the tri-state area. I unofficially learned to fly by instruments when I was 10 years old, as I couldn't really see much out the front and only had my wingtips on the horizon to look at from the cockpit.

He died in 1993 at the young age of 64, but everytime I go online, I think about him and how much he would have enjoyed this game and other flight simulators prior to this one. Back in 1993, the technology hadn't quite taken off yet and the game programs were even weaker, but the fun we could have had together, might have helped make up for the other stuff.

He also built his own ham radio stations, and as we all know, ham radio is akin to today's internet with the chatting and meeting of people from all over the world. I used to go to his apartment and spend hours looking at all the postcards that the ham operators share with each other.

Today, whenever I am triumphant in a tough, close, online battle...I just think to myself...."That one was for you, Dad."

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif Man, I feel ya. I really, really do. Thanks for sharing.

Da Worfster

horseback
09-29-2007, 10:25 AM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gifOriginally posted by Philipscdrw:
I'm very impressed that America always wins the World Series.

Yeah well if some of you yahoos would drop that wussy Cricket and get with the program.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Wait just a goldurned minute there, partners. Didn't the Toronto Blue Jays win it once? Or has the Alzheimers finally kicked in, and I'm the only one who remembers it...

Our Canadian friends weren't joking -- Canadians are invisible.

cheers

horseback

heywooood
09-29-2007, 10:35 AM
reminds me of the Field of Dreams....how baseball is more important to us in general because it is how we mark time in a way.

It has more of a soul connection than any other sport certainly - but also more than almost every other kind of regular social gathering or event...speaking primarily for us in the US (and parts of Canada and Mexico) that is.

This baseball season - while disappointing for the Mets I guess - has been very exciting for almost every other National League team right to the wire...my Padres are still in it...at least until round one.

M2morris
09-29-2007, 07:00 PM
Played 9 seasons of ball as a kid growing up in CA, altho fictional the movie Sandlot is sort- of close to how my kidhood was. To me Baseball is peace and relaxation and holds a place for special memories. Very good post Worf.