Mets, Tom Seaver, Donald Grant discussed on All of It


He always attributed that to more than anything to his ability to not have any major arm injuries until the very end of his career. Let's go to Ralph on the Upper East Side calling in on line six. Hi, Ralph. Thanks for calling all of it. Hi Upper West side, actually. Um But I remember him for something. Other than baseball directly after winning the world Syriza's, he was quoted as saying. Look, um if the Mets can win the world Syriza's The United States. We can get out of Vietnam. You know, which says something about him thinking beyond Young baseball and at about the world. Well, thanks for calling in. Yeah, Bill, can you elaborate a little bit more on Tom Seaver's thoughts on politics and off the field. Yeah, well, the that was interesting because actually he made that statement, um, before the world Syriza after they had won the pennant, and then we're going to the world. Syriza's And what happened was One of the antiwar groups got ahold of that statement, and they put it on pamphlets that they were handing out Che Stadium before he made his first start. Against the Orioles in the world serious that year. And tug. McGraw, one of his teammates, who likes Seaver had also been in the Marine reserves. Showing him, the statement showed on the pamphlet and Seaver took one. Look at it and He was not happy about it. He had made the statement, but he didn't want it to appear as an anti war statement, which they were using it for, and he was really upset about that. He tore up the statement and just tore up the pamphlet and then just went on with his day. But what happened was When he was when he was in high school. And, uh and even before that little league he was always the smallest guy and his team. He was only 59. £160 when he got out of high school and because of that, Even though he was a really good picture and using the best pitcher on his team. Hey, didn't have that overpowering fastball yet and The word No scholarship offers for him on, he told his parents after senior year is is if I can't get into college. On a scholarship offer. I will not go to college on your dime. I'm gonna have to figure out something else to do. So he graduated from Fresno High. And with no scholarship offers, And so he went to work that summer and his father's raising company for his father's raising company. And then he realized that Vietnam was coming and he was gonna have to find something. Is something else to do was going to have to do have something to do with getting into some sort of reserve unit or else he was going to get drafted, and so his brother had been a Marine. And he decided to him enlist. In the marine reserves, and he went down to 99 Palms, California On. He went into the marine reserves at 5916 years. I said before, by the time six months was up, and he got released from the Marines after six months active duty. It was 61 to 10. This is what you call Miracle Gro on nobody could believe it. When he came back back to president, they couldn't believe how he's grown and coarse. Along with it came the 96 Mile an hour fastball. But anyway because he'd been a Marine and this whole business with Vietnam and the anti war movement back in the 69 was going on. He said. Other people, he said, You know, I don't want to get involved in politics, he says. My personal beliefs is we should not be over there because they're not fighting this war the right way. But he also said, I would never say anything. That on which my fellow Marines would be denigrated, and so that's why he wasn't happy with that whole business of being associated with an anti war movement. My guess is Bill Man in the name of his book Is Tom Seaver, a terrific life. So what? What part of his career wasn't terrific. What were some of his biggest difficulties? What perhaps was the most challenging part of his career in your opinion? Well, there was There was a point where money was with the Reds, but he was having a terrible issue. Um, he was having problems with his shoulder and he was having problems with Just hey, wasn't severe pain with his, uh, with his hips and his buttocks. On. He wasn't sure what itwas but all he knew was he had to shut it down this one season with Cincinnati. And, uh, Hey, went to see a doctor. A doctor Ryland in New York. I'm sorry. This was I'm sorry. This was his last year with the Mets. And he went to see on he was just couldn't he just couldn't pitch right now. And so am Donald Grant, the owner of the chairman of the Mets. Uh, told the Mets trainer. He said, Look, I've got a doctor chiropractor that I know a guy named Dr Ryland. Would it be all right? A C. We went to see him because he wasn't gonna pitch for the rest of the year. And so Beaver said. Okay, I'll go to see and so violent, took Seaver at his house and invited him to his house. On He said. Okay, you fit to go and what had happened. Was he in one of his deliveries or whatever. He had done something to his back where he got out of kilter is hold back on the back of his along his buttocks area and And Ryland just straightened it out. And then he was fine for the rest of the year. And that was about the only time he ever had a serious injury in which he had to shut it down. You know, length of time. What about what about relationships with management? World That's it the whole different story. Uh, It's funny because I sent a copy of my book to Steve Cohen, the new owner of the Mets. And I would put an inscription in the book. I said, This is a primer on how not to run the Mets because of what the Mets did the top C for wow throughout his whole career. And Of course, the biggest thing was in 1977 when she ever got into this contract dispute with Grant. And at the same time Grant was adamantly against free agency and signing free agents free agency had come into play in 1976. And at the time, Seaver was already in a two year contract with the Mets, and he made it clear that he didn't want to leave. The Mets is a free agent. He wanted to stay with the man. He wasn't all that interested in free agency. He was hoping that he would be able to be a met for life. But then what happened was after the 76 season and all these pictures and got these huge contracts and free agency. And she were felt he was hoping that the Mets would at least Renegotiating his contract to put them put him on a par with these contracts of pitches were getting who are far inferior to him. We're getting as as free agents, one of whom was Nolan Ryan, actually former teammate with the Angels. But anyway, um they got on us. Grant was having none of this. He would not re negotiate with fever, and he was also annoyed that Seaver was criticizing him in the paper over not signing free agents. And of course, what happened was Grant then enlisted the services of Dick Young, who was a columnist for The Daily News and my My former mentor. I wasn't at the Daily news at the time, but Nick Young got involved with Grant taking his side on this whole dispute receiver and wrote a serious of columns..

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