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Phil Naessens Show July 16, 2012: The Weekly New York Mets Report with Mark Berman!

Tonight I’m joined by Mark Berman for the weekly New York Mets Report followed by SB Nations Adam Fonseca previewing the 2012 British Open and author Steven Travers is here to tell us all about his latest book The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times.

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Mark Berman’s blog/website can be found here. Mark’s new blog Sighting Celebrities can be found here Mark’s book Brilliant Disguise can be obtained here.

Adam Fonseca can be found here and here.

The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times can be purchased here. Steve Travers website is here. My review of this book can be found here

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Congratulations Little Man! Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval is an All Star!

I went through a range of thoughts when it was first announced on Sunday that New York Mets 3B David Wright would not be starting the 2012 All-Star game;

1). My first thought was there must be some mistake because there is NO WAY that Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval would ever be selected over David Wright. Guess I was wrong.

2). My second thought was that Sandoval didn’t deserve to be selected to the All-Star team at all let alone be named a starter. I still maintain that belief.

3). My third thought was that maybe MLB should just do away from the fan voting and allow either current MLB players or even form a committee of ex All-Stars  to choose who should represent the National and American Leagues. That’s when I started remembering.

I began remembering all the times I would beg my Dad or Grandpa or whomever to take me to the ballpark so that I could vote for my favorite players, like Tom Seaver, Jerry Grote and Ed Kranepool…..as well as Willie Horton, Jim Northrup, Eddie Brinkman and Mickey Stanley, just to name a few. I didn’t give two hoots about their stats I just wanted to see my heroes play in the All-Star game and to feel like I had a part in it by voting for them!

I still remember people giving me a hard time because I would vote for Mickey Stanley every year he was on the ballot….I didn’t give a rip what people thought I was gonna stuff that ballot box and get him on the team…..and would be sad but more importantly madder than hell when he wasn’t playing in the game.

That’s when my outrage flew out the window……because I’ve been guilty of the very same thing just as probably all two of you who are reading this has; we threw out the stats and chose our favorite player because we wanted to see him play in the All Star game.

That’s the joy of being a fan dear reader.

Somehow I picture some little kid near the Bay doing the very same thing that I did when I was a kid….stuffing that ballot box anyway and anyhow he can….and catching hell in the process…. in the hopes that he will get to see Kung Fu Panda in the All Star Game and grinning from ear to ear because he believed it was his efforts that got him in.

Hey little man! Forget all about Phil Naessens and others who will blast Pablo’s selection/election on every sports radio show and blog from New York to Corfu Greece. Tell the folks who think you must select only the best player on the ballot to take a hike….ask them if Pablo was s0 bad then what was he doing on the ballot in the first place….that ought to shut them up and you know what the best part of all this is?

Pablo Sandoval is an All Star and not just any All Star but the starting Third Sacker for the National League and YOU made it happen! You out-voted a city of 8,000,000 and got your guy in! Had those other folks done what you did than David Wright would be the starting Third Sacker, wouldn’t he?

 

New Phil Naessens Show….May 2, 2012 Edition

On this edition of the Phil Naessens Show I’m joined by Ms. Tanya Mercado, Mr. Steven Travers and Mr. Reuben Mills….Ms. Mercado and I are discussing all things New York Mets, Mr. Travers and I are discussing his latest book The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times and Mr. Mills and I are discussing last weekends series between the New York Mets and the Colorado Rockies. Reuben is a Rockies fan and I am a Mets fan.

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Tanya Mercado’s blog can be found here. The Five Tool Show can be found here. Raise Your Glass can be found here.

The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times can be purchased here. Steve Travers website is here. My review of this book can be found here

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Book Review and Radio Interview: The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times by Steven Travers

I’ve been a huge Tom Seaver fan for most of my life so when I discovered that there was a new book out about his career I immediately snatched it up….yes, that’s correct my friends. Phil Naessens actually bought a book rather than waiting for the publisher or author so send him one for a review and an interview.

I don’t have any regrets whatsoever and neither will you.

The Last Icon: Tom Seaver and His Times is written by well known author Mr. Steven Travers and I must say he did a remarkable job writing this book. It isn’t easy to write a book about the life and career of a famous person even when they do cooperate and sadly Mr. Seaver, for whatever reason, refused to do so.

The book is a hit anyway!

Travers takes his reader on a fact filled journey of the life and career of an icon and does so with a free flowing writing style that easily hooks his reader. I had a difficult time putting this one down and I do believe you dear reader will have the same problem.

For me this book was a trip down memory lane and I found myself reliving past glory and experiencing the heartaches that came with being a Met fan during the Seaver era; for example, I remember when the Mets traded Seaver to Cincinatti in 1977….I cried for two days and while reliving this didn’t have the same effect I did find myself shedding a tear or two at what has to be the darkest day in New York Met history.

While this book will be a great read for any Seaver fan it’s a great resource for anyone who didn’t have the privelege of watching Tom Terrific pitch…and who knows you might become a fan of his as well and if you do you can thank Steven Travers for this!

To listen to an interview I conducted with Mr. Travers, please press the following link. The interview begins at the 46 minute mark.

https://phillyflash.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/pns-may-2-2012.mp3

To purchase this book please visit the following link.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Icon-Seaver-Times/dp/1589796608/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1