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Charlie Mitchell

Thanks Dan. "Always there" like the Empire State Building is a great way to put it. Seaver, Namath and Walt Frazier were the three towering figures of my youth in NY. Going out to see Seaver pitch at Shea was always a special occasion and the air crackled with electricity. When I was about 10 I sat in the stands with my grandfather on a soggy day as the Mets wasted an absolute gem by Seaver, losing 1-0 to the Cubs and Fergie Jenkins. Thanks for your post!

Adam Herbst

Nice article. I'm a Mets fan but Seaver is slightly before my time. My first Mets heroes were the guys that came over for him (my first favorite player was Doug Flynn - Sad!). For Mets fans of today who never saw him pitch he holds a weird place as he is both the epitome of LOL Mets and Anti-LOL Mets. That said, your piece is an exhortation to watch great players in their prime. Honor excellence.

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    Dan Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, both published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. He writes about baseball, music and other cultural obsessions for a variety of outlets and publications. He lives in Greensboro, NC, and is available for speaking engagements.