Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan growing up. But he switched to the Mets after the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1958 and the Mets came into existence in 1962.
So King knew where his loyalties were as he sported a Mets jacket on the field before Monday night's Game 3 of the National League Division Series at Citi Field.
Not surprisingly, King thinks Major League Baseball did the right thing when it suspended Dodgers' second baseman Chase Utley for two games for breaking Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg with a hard slide in Game 2. The suspension is on hold pending an appeal.
"They should have called him out and called a double play," said King, who was attending the game with his grandson. "That was flagrant. I think he should be suspended.
"You can't cry. You've got to go out and win. Having said that, I was up until 2 o'clock in the morning, watching the game, watching the commentary, texting with friends of mine."
Like most Long Islanders, King is also a fan of Mets pitcher Steven Matz, the lefthander from Stony Brook and Ward Melville High School. Matz is scheduled to start Tuesday's Game 4.
It will be the 24-year-old's seventh big-league start.
"Matz is phenomenal," King said. "Where does a guy get that kind of ability? What gets me is they're counting on him as if he was a superstar. He's only pitched like five or six games. To have that much confidence in that kid, he must have really shown them something.
"It's great. It's great for Long Island. Sometimes I think on Long Island we don't appreciate what we have when we do."