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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.

Jason Fry is a Brooklyn writer whose first memories include his mom leaping up and down cheering for Rusty Staub. Check out his other writing here.

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To the Banner Born

Jay Schreiber of the Times had a banner suggestion recently: organize Banner Day anew, albeit online. He called for entries and is showing off what he judges the “most noteworthy” among them (some illustrated, some merely spelled out) on the Bats Blog. I was particularly fond of this one that is credited to Paul Stoddard. Low-tech, but it really gets across the spirit of what used to be a cherished annual event. It’s supportive, it’s sentimental, it acknowledges the reality of the situation and it never forgets those three magic words that can heal any occasion.

Memo to the actual Mets management: There is no reason in hell, doubleheaders or no doubleheaders, why this core Metsian celebration of yore cannot be reconvened for real in the new venue. Even M. Donald Grant knew enough to institute, promote and continue Banner Day.

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