Friday, January 27, 2006

Can't we just leave the wives out of it?

Hopefully, its different now, but at one time the family room at Shea Stadium was very small. Players took a right turn out of the clubhouse and walked down to the parking lot behind the Mets bullpen after games. As the family room was so small, most wives and children wait in the tunnel for their husbands and fathers. Cramped quarters and short fuses.

This just in....wives don't necessarily always get along. Disagreements can happen over extremely petty things but for the most part what happens on the field, good and bad, stays out of the family room. None of this should come as no surprise to anyone. Wives and families used to be off limits, but not any more.

The late Dick Young once inserted Tom Seaver's wife into a column to get back at Seaver about something. Soon after Seaver was traded to the Reds. Young, a talented but arrogant bully, crossed the line here, perhaps setting the precedent as another area that was acceptable.

Its certainly correct to assert that Anna Benson was different. But its dirt digging to pry into what other wives may have thought of her. Yes, Anna and Kris frequently conducted themselves as one would expect a couple might on Monday Night Raw, but don't expect to drag other wives into it. Vic Ziegel in the NY Daily News ripped Jay Horwitz this morning in his column for trying to leave the wives out of it. But then again, its the Mets who are trotting the wives out. Perhaps the gifted Ziegal has a point.

People often forget that golf great, Nancy Lopez was once a Met's wife, married to Ray Knight. And Nancy would have wanted it that way, too. She stayed behind the scenes and was a gentle mediator in the family room. Grace, elegance, and humbleness are words which describe the way I remember this wonderful, almost regal lady. Its called class. Using the Nancy Lopez model in the way we all conduct ourselves might be worth considering.

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