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'Damages' stars are guilty of being Mets fans

Outstanding Drama Series nominee: "Damages" on FX Networks.

Outstanding Drama Series nominee: "Damages" on FX Networks. Glenn Close is pictured. Credit: FX, 2009

This season on FX's "Damages," legal shark Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) is trying to untangle a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by a Madoff-like financier (played by Len Cariou).

Interesting casting to say the least. In addition to their impressive acting credits, Close and Cariou share a romantic past - they lived together from 1979 to 1983 - and have something equally as passionate in common. Both are avid fans of the New York Mets.


On "An Amazin' Era," a history of the Mets that was released on home video in 1986 Close introduces a segment and Cariou narrates.

Both have sung the national anthem before Mets games. Close also sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch at Shea Stadium's last game in 2008.

Cariou's wedding to author Heather Summerhayes took place on Oct. 25, 1986 - the day of Game 6 of the World Series. As the game progressed, Cariou revealed in a New York Times story that the "something blue" that his bride brought to the ceremony was a blue and orange garter, the Mets' team colors. "Perhaps it was just coincidence, but the Amazin's rallied from that moment on," Cariou wrote. "My wife said it was a good omen for our marriage."

And need we add: Mets owner Fred Wilpon was one of the more prominent victims of the real Bernard Madoff's machinations.

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