'69 Mets: Omar Minaya
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Omar Minaya, 50, Mets general manager. Minaya lived in Queens in 1969.
I was 10 at that time, and the things that stood out in my mind were Don Buford's home run off Tom Seaver, Ron Swoboda's catch, Cleon Jones. Every time the Mets won, you couldn't believe it. You were like, "Oh my God, the Mets might win this thing."
They also played World Series games during the day, which is something that doesn't happen anymore. I remember getting out of school, from PS 19 on 99th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, which is right down the street from Shea Stadium, and the games were going on. I was a big Willie Mays fan, too, but we were all caught up in what was going on with the Mets.
For us, it was like we were part of something new. The Mets represented not only a baseball team, but the new, younger generation. Putting a man on the moon, there was Woodstock that summer. The Mets became a part of all that history and we were part of that, too.