Today was Tug McGraw's favorite day: The wearin' of the green. He coined the phrase "Ya Gotta Believe" during the Mets 1973 NL Championship season. Philadelphians remember Tug striking out Willie Wilson to win the 1980 World Series against the Royals and leaping into the air.
But perhaps Tug be most remembered by the way his lived his life, or in the words of the song sung by his son, Tim Mcgraw:
"He said I was in my early forties, with a lot of life before me
And one moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days, looking at the x-rays
Talking bout' the options and talking bout' sweet times.
I asked him when it sank in, that this might really be the real end
How's it hit 'cha when you get that kind of news?
Man what did ya do?
I went skydiving
I went rocky mountain climbing
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denyin'
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin'..."