New York, New York
I loved going in to New York to play the Mets. New Yorkers love baseball, and they love their Mets.
At Shea Stadium the fine officers of the NYPD used to be on guard. I would holler to them and say, “Hey guys, hold your heads up high, you represent the second greatest police force in America!”
They used to go crazy after I said that and get all over me.
So after one game the clubby told me there was a group of officers waiting outside the clubhouse door for me. When I came out they presented me with an old, scuffed-up ball that read, “To the second greatest manager in all of baseball.”
Every time I go to New York I look forward to talking to the fine men and women of the NYPD. They wear their uniforms with pride, dignity and character, and I couldn’t be any prouder of the outstanding job they do.