Mets News: What more can we say about the legend of Tom Seaver?

FLUSHING, NY - 1983: Tom Seaver of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during a game in 1983 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, Quenns, New York. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY - 1983: Tom Seaver of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during a game in 1983 at Shea Stadium in Flushing, Quenns, New York. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Everything that needs to be said about the greatness of New York Mets legend Tom Seaver has already been said before which is exactly why he is the franchise’s best of all-time.

Tom Seaver’s passing isn’t an easy one for New York Mets fans. Even those that never saw him pitch a game live have an understanding of what he meant to the franchise. It was, after all, one of his nicknames. Look at what he accomplished on the stat sheet, in highlight reels, or from stories of older fans. It doesn’t take long to understand why he was so important to the game.

Upon finding out about his death, there wasn’t much more to feel other than the usual grief when a legend passes. There’s a certain sadness when someone we knew from afar crosses over.

Anyone who has followed the game of baseball closely at all for the last 50+ years knew Seaver in some form. Here at Rising Apple, we’ve all had a chance to learn a little bit about him even if he pitched his last game before many of us were even born.

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I could go into the accolades, run down the awards he won, or find some interesting statistic about Seaver’s career. Lots of people will and in the coming days it will be fun to check in on them.

For me, I don’t think there’s much more there is to say about Seaver that I haven’t already. Most organizations in sports don’t have an undeniable greatest player of all-time.

The Mets are fortunate that for most of their history it has been one man, Tom Terrific.

Moments like these are a reminder of something more important than just baseball. We’ve had a few of those in 2020. Seaver’s death is yet another.

Although we think of Seaver as a star pitcher—which he was—he was also something I think many of us forget, human.

Yeah, maybe it felt like he was otherworldly on the mound sometimes. His amazing stats that transcend most eras of the game must mean he’s some sort of alien-being. Few pitchers in the Live Ball Era did anything close to what Seaver did. Even fewer may replicate it again.

Although I feel at a loss for words, I didn’t think I could go without saying something. Seaver was an important figure in the lives of so many people. And while he was already in Cooperstown by the time I even knew what baseball was, I can appreciate what he did.

I don’t think I can do Seaver the same justice as others who were fortunate enough to see him play or know the man.

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His greatness in the game is so substantial we don’t even have to say a word. All we can do is tip our caps to him and give one final “thank you” for what he meant in our lives.