Gil Hodges Jr.,59, of Brooklyn, recalls a season traveling the country with his father managing the Mets.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

During the game I didn't sit next to my dad because he had his job to do and I would just sort of segregate myself . . . but I got to see the game from a different perspective - what he would do, why he would do it. And after the game we would shower and then get back on the bus, go back to the hotel, usually eat something for dinner and talk about what took place.

I'd ask him why he had the guy steal or why he would think that the bunt was the right play at that time. Sort of understanding his business and his job. And that gave us a little bit more of a closeness outside of father and son.

So it was a closeness that I got with my dad that was more on a work-related level, which was an opportunity of a lifetime.