Last Saturday, I had the honor of attending the book launch/birthday party for Greg Prince, author of the The Happiest Recap: First Base (1962-1973): 50 Years of the New York Mets As Told in 500 Amazin’ Wins (Volume 1). There will eventually be three additional volumes.
Several of Prince’s friends were on hand at Foley’s, in the heart of Manhattan, a real old-fashioned Irish pub named for NY sportswriter Red Foley whose walls are festooned (that sounds like a good Irish word, doesn’t it?) with baseball memorabilia. The establishment also serves as home for the Irish Baseball Hall of Fame (Est. 2008).
Getting out was a bit of a problem, though. Seems Dec. 15 was “SantaCon,” with hundreds (if not more) of happy people roaming the streets in Santa suits, elf costumes, penguin get-ups, etc. On the one hand, it was pretty cool; on the other, some seem to treat it like a version of St. Patrick’s Day, full of drinking, cursing, and obnoxious public behavior. It took me almost five minutes to exit Foley’s for all the revelers.