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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

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Sign Your Name Across My Heart

This? This was the big deal? Doc wrote this (photo courtesy of the Post) and the Mets were wailing, “OUR WALLS! OUR BEAUTIFUL BLANK WALLS! YOU HAVE DESECRATED OUR BEAUTIFUL BLANK WALLS WITH YOUR NAME THAT MEANS NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, TO THE SACRED MEMORY OF THE BROOKLYN DODGERS WHO PLAY THEIR HOME GAMES AT WORLD CLASS CITI FIELD…oh wait, we were thinking of something else” over this?

Oh good lord.

The Mets have made good on the Gooden signature, swearing they will remove it from the Ebbets Club (eyes rolling) with care and find a proper place to display it for the people and embellish it with the John Hancocks and John Hudeks of other Mets greats, perhaps (perhaps) aware that few have merited the appellation “Mets great” as Doc Gooden did when he was 1984 Rookie of the Year, 1985 Cy Young and 1986 World Series Champ.

I have Dwight Gooden’s autograph, incidentally. A friend with whom I worked in 1994 was in Florida on assignment and he took a very wide turn to visit Port St. Lucie. He parked his rental car and saw Doc signing for a small knot of fans. He whipped out a piece of motel stationery and asked him to make it out to Greg.

“That’s Greg with one ‘g,’” my friend said.
“I know how to spell Greg,” Dwight with one “g” reassured him.

So I’m all set in terms of Doc Gooden’s signature, but I’m glad another one will be in evidence. And if he ever wants to drop by and desecrate one of my blank walls, I’ll happily take another.

6 comments to Sign Your Name Across My Heart

  • Anonymous

    How do you spell Greg with one G? Wouldn't that be Gre? Or Reg?

  • Anonymous

    It's nuthin' but a G thang, baby.
    But it is Ebbets and Horwitz, everybody. Ebbets Field stood for 45 seasons with just one “t”; Jay Horwitz has been handling Mets PR for thirty seasons without an extra “o”. Everybody, please, stop spelling them Ebbetts and Horowitz. Those aren't their names.
    Thank you,
    The Management (with one 'g')

  • Anonymous

    Hey, did you hear they're renaming it Debits Field?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else think that this season is shaping up as disastrously bad comedy? As in 1993. What's next, trading Jose for prospects at the deadline in a Madoff-inspired payroll reducer? I think we're heading in that direction.
    Also, it's a little sad that Doc felt compelled to include his curriculum vitae along with his signature. C'mon Doc, I know the stadium ignores Mets history, but we fans never will.

  • Anonymous

    For what it's worth, that's the way a lot of former players sign their autographs. It's a little easier if it says “HOF” and nothing else. I suppose Doc could have done that had he made a few different choices back in the day…

  • Anonymous

    wow, the guys with these shirts are spamming everyone.
    putting your url on everyone's site won't make anyone buy your crappy shirts, dude.