You’ve seen a bunch of interviews posted here with writers from our site. Well, John from Albany, who runs the Mets News & Links site, conducted one with me recently. Here’s a snippet:
If you could have dinner with 4 current or ex-Met managers, players or executives, who would they be?
Love this question! It’s going to be tough to pick just four.
Sorry, I can’t limit it to just four. So, I’m going to cheat and give you four managers and four executives. Gil Hodges to grill him about why he drove Nolan Ryan and Amos Otis out of town. Joe Torre, to hear about how he went from player, to player-manager to manager. And to find out how he ran a bullpen, an area where he made chicken salad out of chicken excrement in his time with the Mets. Yogi Berra, to ask him about how he became Mets manager, how aware he was of Whitey Herzog’s desire to manage. And why on earth he didn’t pitch George Stone in Game 6. And Davey Johnson, just to pick his brain and learn about how he handled that wild bunch.
As for execs – Bing Devine and how he viewed the Mets job and all of the wheeling and dealing he did while with the club. Jeff Wilpon, just to hear his view on how things were when he was in power. Sandy Alderson, to give the real version of what happened. And Nelson Doubleday, who would be fascinating to hear his tales, from buying the Mets at their lowest and how he helped turn them into the best team in franchise history.
And really, M. Donald Grant should be in the above list rather than Wilpon. But I know if I had the chance, I’d punch that racist, elitist prick in the mouth. And that would put a damper on the evening.
You can read the full interview here. And I hope to return the favor and send John some questions, too.