New York Met Legend Passes Away On Opening Day
Mets Nation is morning the passing of Rusty Staub, who passed away in West Palm Beach this morning. He was beloved as a man as much as a Met.
“It’s a sad day for the Mets,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. “Ironic that it’s Opening Day. Perhaps the overcast was an indication of how Mets Nation is feeling.”
Staub, born in New Orleans, passed away in West Palm Beach of multiple organ failure at the age of 73, matching the year he spurred the Mets’ stunning comeback to win the NL pennant. And while he had a 23-year career that included five teams, six All-Star berths and 292 home runs, his biggest hit was arguably as a humanitarian.
“Obviously this is a sad day for Metland here. Rusty’s a very dear friend, and he has his place in Met lore, and also the city. It’s a tough day,” said an emotional Keith Hernandez, Staub’s fast friend and teammate from 1983-85.
“He was the one who first got me to live in the city. When I came at the start of the season in ’84 and I was single, he said, ‘Well, you’ve got to live in the city.’ So he’s the one that introduced me to the city and all that it had to offer. He’s just been a great friend. But he was in a lot of pain, so it’d better. He’s in a better place.