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Former Daily News sportswriter dismantles Shea

(Credit: Watchdog)

In my Sunday newspaper column, I look at the Shea memorabilia sale, including items from men's room door signs to the Mets' dugout, the latter going for a mere $100,000.

I'm thinking of getting some neighbors together to buy a $25,000 foul pole to replace the small, wooden street sign at the end of the block.

If you listen closely, you can hear Barry Meisel's power drill dismantling the place already. He's got 15 days to get everything out.

Meisel, the president of the MeiGray Group, which is handling the sale, used to cover the Giants for the Daily News in my early days on the beat for Newsday.

I also owe him my career. In 1982, The Anchorage Times was looking for a college hockey writer, and he was more qualified than me, as he had been covering minor league hockey in Binghamton for a year.

But they were not offering in-person interviews, and he was not schleping to Alaska sight unseen.

The only experience I had with college hockey was watching it. But I was willing to move to Alaska after only a phone interview. The rest is sports journalism history.

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