They are celebrating in the Minaya household in New Jersey and for good reason. Omar’s son Justin, a 6–6 forward from Big East regular season champ Providence, just signed as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets.
Justin will report to the Hornets summer league team in Las Vegas after July 4.
Justin guarded the other’s team’s top player, dove for loose balls and always came up with a key rebound at the most opportune time. Omar couldn’t be prouder of his son.
“Justin worked so hard to get to where he is now. He is the ultimate team player. No one can predict what the future might hold, but he has a chance now and that’s all you can ask.”
No one was more excited than I was 39 years ago today when we announced that we had acquired Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals.
We were getting a former batting champ, MVP and a World Series winner. Sorry to say it went downhill after that. I read that Keith didn’t want to come to Flushing because we were a last place time, so I arranged huge black limo to pick him up at the Montreal airport.
I mixed up the gate number and Keith wound up taking a cab while I took the limo myself back to hotel. Needless to say he was not happy with me. We have patched our differences through the years and no one will be cheering more loudly than me when the Mets retired his Number 17 on July 9.
It’s a photo that’s ingrained in the heads of practically every Mets fan.
There is third base coach Buddy Harrelson running along side Ray Knight who scores the winning run to cap the wild 10th inning rally in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series vs. Boston.
Everyone should think about Buddy today on his 78th birthday and who is quietly battling a serious illness. He is the only Met to have a World Series ring from 1969 and 1986 and he served our organization as a player, coach and manger.
Looking forward to seeing some old friends tomorrow night when Johan Santana, Josh Thole and Terry Collins return to Citi Field to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the first no-hitter in Mets history.
This will be Jo’s first visit back here in almost a decade. I will…