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Mets Yearbook: 1962

After re-editing the 1985 highlight video in such a manner to reignite the whole Roe v. Wade controversy (because it was such an abortion), SNY tries to make it up to us by presenting Mets Yearbook: 1962. It debuts Thursday night at 8:00 and reairs at 10:00, in concert with the channel’s 50 Greatest Mets show (which is on at 7:00 and 9:00).

Assuming there is no musical licensing they’re trying to work their way around, this journey to the Mets’ origins figures to be a trip worth taking. Hell, it’s a big enough deal to have caught the notice of Ken Belson [1] in the New York Times, who advises, ” To Mets fans who bleed Orange and Blue, the video […] is a precious time capsule. Filmed before the Mets had played an exhibition game, the Mets were still undefeated and fans could dream that George Weiss, the team’s stuffy president, had a plan to produce a contender.”

If that isn’t Metnip, I don’t know what is.

Also encouraging from Belson is the word from SNY that the remaining holes in its promised 1962-1988 Mets Yearbook library will be filled his year, albeit with one glaring exception. We will see the films from 1964, 1974, 1983 and 1987. No mention was made of 1986, but honestly, that’s sort of OK with me, since A Year to Remember, like 1985’s No Surrender, is chockful of MTV-style musical montages set to recognizable songs. They so shredded and sullied  the 1985 version [2] with inexpensive generic production music that I don’t want to see 1986 watered down. Give me “Like A Rock [3]” or give me dearth, you might say.

Oh, and Citi Field’s hosting of the 2013 All-Star Game is finally going to be announced as official Wednesday, according to Ken Davidoff [4] in the Post. That’s nice, too. But Mets Yearbook: 1962 is truly stellar news.

Image courtesy of kcmets.com [5].