New York Mets

Joan Hodges, the widow of manager Gil Hodges, died Saturday night after a long illness. She passed away 10 days short of her 96th birthday. Gil died 50 years ago at the age of 47.

STATEMENT FROM METS PRESIDENT SANDY ALDERSON

“We are thankful that Joan was able to see Gil inducted into the Hall of Fame in July. That meant so much to her and the entire Mets and Hodges family. She was a true baseball fan and still followed her two favorite teams, the Mets and Dodgers. We send our condolences to her daughters, Irene and Cindy, her son Gil Jr. and the rest of the Hodges family.”

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By Jay Horwitz

Buddy Harrelson gave his all to the Mets organization as a player, coach and manager. Now fans can do something for him.

Buddy has been battling Alzheimer’s the last few years and Sunday at Belmont State Park, Team Harrelson will be entered in The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

If you are in Long Island, the walk starts at 10:30 AM and it’s easy to register to be a part of the team.

You can join the team here: https://bit.ly/3DOPLcD

Also, contributions can be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Broad Hollow Road, Suite LL100, Melville, NY 11747.

Let Number 3 know that we all still care.

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By Jay Horwitz

In addition to being great players, there were people who made a difference in the community and in people’s lives.

Al Leiter, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltrán and Curtis Granderson all will be at Citi Field tomorrow to be honored as past winners of the Roberto Clemente Award for humanitarianism.

The former Mets are part of MLB’s celebration of Clemente’s life, 50 years after his passing. I was fortunate enough to work with another past Clemente recipient Gary Carter, who died 10 years ago. All five players guys had one thing in common, they never looked for notoriety, they only wanted to help.

Each one treasures the award as perhaps the highlight of his career. They all deserve a hand for what they did.

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By Jay Horwitz

Our daily routine was the same days after 9-11, 21 years ago.

We would practice in the mornings and then head out to the parking lot at Shea Stadium which was turned into a recovery area. Under the direction of Bobby Valentine and the great Sue Lucchi, our players, coaches and fellow Mets workers packed and loaded trucks with supplies which were sent down to Ground Zero.

Despite the hours, no one tired of the ritual. I can’t think of a prouder moment in my five-decade long career in Queens.

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By Jay Horwitz

The tradition continues and I couldn’t be prouder.

Each September since 9/11, a group of Mets players have visited a firehouse to pay tribute to the 347 brave men and women who died that fateful day.

Tomorrow, John Franco, Al Leiter and Todd Zeile, three member of the 2000 National League Championship team, will be at Engine 55 to pay their respects.

“We keep going because people should never forget,” said Franco.

“It’s our way of continuously saying thank you,” added Leiter.

“I can’t think of a more dangerous job than being a firefighter,” Zeile explained. “It’s almost our duty to keep doing what we are doing.”

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By Jay Horwitz

The world knows that Jacob deGrom is a great pitcher, witness his performance last night. But what the world might not know is that he is a great student of Mets history.

He was front and center at the Seaver statue ceremony last April and gave a bouquet of flowers to Nancy Seaver. He was on the dugout steps in July when we retired Keith Hernandez’ jersey.

At last Saturday’s Old Timers’ Day festivities, he spent considerable time speaking to Al Leiter, Doc Gooden and Pedro Martinez. Hopefully, this fall he will be a key part of another chapter in our history when we win our third World Series title.

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By Jay Horwitz

In my 40 plus years with the Mets, I’ve worked playoff games, World Series games and an All-Star Game at Shea Stadium and Citi Field. But without a doubt, nothing compared to the excitement of last Saturday’s Old Timers’ Day.

Seeing 65 former Mets come back from all the different eras almost made me cry. For me, what made Saturday so special is that close to 100 Mets employees donated their time to make sure things went smoothly. Each guy had his own Mets escort to make it easier. Nothing was left to chance. It was a true team effort and I am so proud to have been part of that team. It was a great day for our fans and our organization.

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