— Days Without Shea —

RIP to Neil Armstrong, who passed on today at the age of 82.

Hard for most New Yorkers to think of 1969 and not link together all the wondrous weirdness that occurred that summer. A man on the moon. A million kids on Yasgur's farm for three days of fun and music..."and nothing but fun and music" according to old Max himself, ignoring the drugs, nudity and overflowing Porta-sans.

As Neil Armstrong planted his foot on the moon July 20th, 1969, The Mets were also strolling higher in the atmosphere than they ever dared to before. That day they were in Montreal,at old Jarry Parc. Gary Gentry would lose the first game of a doubleheader 3-2, then the Mets would win the second game 4-3 in the 10th. As baseball headed into the All-Star break, the Mets were 53-39, trailing the first place Cubs by five games. Who dared to think then that the expansion team from Queens could win it all in 1969? After witnessing Armstrong's lunar stroll, lots of people were starting to think that anything was possible.

Thank you, Neil Armstrong.

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