Neil Armstrong, RIP: Giant Leap for a Miracle?

Armstrong on the moon . . .

Sad to learn the first man on the moon (and no, it was not a Hollywood stunt!) has gone to his reward, just short of three weeks after he underwent bypass surgery following his 82nd birthday.

What Neil Armstrong didn’t know, as he took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind as he stepped onto the moon, was that at a certain baseball team was watching every step of it.

“When those astronauts walked on the moon,” said relief pitcher Tug McGraw, “I knew we had a chance.”

So if you want to credit Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins (the command module pilot) for the 1969 Mets, I don’t think anyone will argue too strenuously with you. Except maybe Neil Armstrong, who left NASA not long after he walked on the moon and taught engineering at the University of Cincinnati, before serving on boards of a number of aerospace companies.

“The next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you,” said a statement from Armstrong’s family, “think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

At the great Elysian Fields Tavern, however, Tug McGraw shouldn’t give him a wink, he ought to buy him a drink.


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