Tom Seaver recalls Game 1 loss in 1969 World Series
Hey, kids, check it out: My first newspaper column in three weeks!
It concerns the fact SNY will show Game 1 of the 1969 World Series Saturday night, the first time YES or SNY has shown a loss as part of its "Yankees Classics" or "Mets Classics" packages.
Thus SNY will complete the third of the tasks I assigned it a couple of years back: HD for road games, closed captions for the hard of hearing and being brave enough to replay a famous Mets loss.
MSG, which like the Knicks, Rangers and Newsday is owned by Cablevision, beat the baseball-team-owned channels to the punch on several occasions.
Among the losses the network has shown in the past are Game 5 of the 1971-72 NBA Finals (the Knicks lost to the Lakers, with Wilt compiling 24 points and 29 rebounds) and Mark Messier's final game at the Garden in 2004 (a Rangers loss to the Sabres).
I'm well past the point of being starstruck by jocks and ex-jocks after nearly three decades in the business, but I have to admit this on behalf of my formerly 9-year-old self:
The fact that I now have Tom Seaver's cellphone number is both too cool and too weird.