Meet Eddie Sanchez: the ultimate
fan who drives the Metmobile. Eddie is one of the world's biggest mets
fan and a walking encyclopedia of Met's history. He would like to personally
drive you around to Shea Stadium so he can share rare moments he spent
with the 2000 NL champions N.Y. Met's. Sanchez has been a fan since
he's been a kid, sitting in a Bronx classroom during the final game
of the 69 World Series with a transistor radio tucked inside his shirt
and a hidden wire going to his ear.
His father was was a bartender in Manhattan's Biltmore hotel,
would receive tickets from ballplayers and take his son to games. Its
a passion that has continued through decades and led Eddie to purchase
the Metmobile (a 1953 Ford Customline) from a woman friend whose deceased
father was also a huge Met fan.
The car didn't run and everything mechanically had to be rebuilt in
1988. It was also in a desperate need of a paint job. Little did Eddie
know what future events, were about to happen.
The car is not only a source of pleasure and New York Met pride, but
it also provide needed therapy after September 11 2001 when Eddie's
pregnant wife narrowly escaped tragedy at the World Trade Center. Sanchez
drove the car to Shea after 911 where Mr Bobby Valentine offered sympathy
Eddie has no plans to ever sell the car. He dreams of celebrating a
World Championship win while driving the Metmobile in a parade down
the Canyon of Heroes with his two childern, Amanda and Daniel sitting
along side of him.
His other big dream is to score an autograph from Mike Piazza, one of
the only players from the 2000 N.L. Champion N.Y. Mets who has not signed