Steve Serby had a great interview with Wally Backman. Some interesting dialogue:
Serby: Players you would pay to watch back in the ’80s?
Backman: I’d pay to watch us.
Serby: What was so great about playing in New York?
Backman: I’ve seen George Foster get five hits one game and strike out to end the game, and 55,000 people boo him. Believe it or not, I like that (bleep), ’cause it kept you on your toes all the time.
Serby: The first time you saw Doc Gooden pitch?
Backman: I hadn’t seen a breaking ball like that before.
Serby: The first time you saw Straw play?
Backman: You could actually hear the sound of him swinging the bat. . . . I have never played with a player that you could hear that (and) I played with Kirby Puckett, I played with Barry Bonds. That was truly something special.
Serby: Mookie’s groundball that got by Bill Buckner?
Backman: I didn’t think anyone was gonna beat him (to the bag) to begin with. I still can’t believe that a groundball like that would be missed, but it was.
Serby: Boyhood idol?
Backman: Willie Mays or Pete Rose.
Serby: What would you want to say about the Mets taking a gamble on you?
Backman: I don’t think it’s a gamble. I paid the price.
Serby: Anything you’d like to say to Mets fans?
Backman: I want to see another championship here. I think that they deserve it, it’s been a long time. They’re the best fans in the world.
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