PRESTON WILSON: Well, no, nothing
developed. I heard the rumors out there but
nothing ever really came out of it. So, here I am.
Preston, where were you in 1986
during the World Series, and Game 6?
PRESTON WILSON: Right behind home
plate here in the loge level, watching the whole
play. I saw everything up right to when the ball
went between his legs and everybody stood up. At
12 years old I didn't have much of a chance.
The more I see it, the more I know it would
have been a really close play and he got down
there really good and Stanley got off the mound
really well. It would have been a tough play even if
he did glove it.
What's it been like playing for Tony
La Russa and can you compare him with other
managers you've had in your career?
PRESTON WILSON: The one thing you
notice about Tony is you're not going to outprepare
him. He always does his research, he gets his
information and passes it on to the players. For
me it's been an easy transition playing for him
because he just wants you to come, be on time,
play hard and try to think a little bit while you're out
there on the field.
Aside from one family member, who
were your favorites players on the '86 Mets,
and what role did that play in your whole
upbringing, in your whole upbringing as a
ballplayer, being around that team?
PRESTON WILSON: I think being 12
years old, my favorite guys were the guys that
played around with me. There would be days with
a rain delay, Sid Fernandez, Ron Darling, most of
the pitchers, they had a lot of free time, and we
would play stickball. Those are the things I
remember, sitting down, talking to Strawberry, all
of the guys, Gary Carter, seeing him go out, doing
his thing. I really got an appreciation for
professional athletes, but I also realized that they
were just men with families, also.
Could you just describe what this
year has been like for you. A lot of people
thought you would be here maybe this year.
PRESTON WILSON: It's been a strange
year, to be honest with you. There were a lot of
things that I never thought would happen.
But I think to go through what I went
through this year, to have a situation where I was
actually released and then now to be able to play
in the post-season, I definitely wouldn't have seen
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