Charles Petzold

My Familial Mets Connection

October 20, 2006
New York, NY

The Mets lost last night, so they won't be playing in the World Series. We tuned in to see the tail-end of the game.

I'm not a baseball fan, but I have a kind of weird genetic affinity with the Mets. One of my mother's many cousins is Rod Kanehl, who played on the original Mets.

We went to a couple games in that era at the Polo Grounds, and sat with cousin Rod's family near the dugout, but it was a long time ago (I was 9 during the Mets' first season) and the only thing I remember clearly is being warned not to put our fingers through the chain-link guard in front of us because a foul ball could fly up and smash our fingers.