Ya Gotta Believe it’s St. Patrick’s Day

“Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I’ll probably waste.”

It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without paying tribute to a pitcher who not only has the unique distinction of being beloved by BOTH the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets, but who made this day the most important holiday of the year. That of course, would be Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw Jr.

So let’s raise a glass.

Here’s to the Amazin’
Here’s to the Believin’
Here’s to the Smokin’
Here’s to the Screwballin’
Here’s to the Glove Slappin’
Here’s to the Baseball Bunchin’
Here’s to the Phightin’
Here’s to the Jumpin’
Here’s to the Soarin’
Here’s to the Laughin’
Here’s to the Survivin’
Here’s to the Inspirin’

Philadelphia, New York, and everywhere in between will always love you.

“Is solas na bhflaitheas tareis antsail seo agat”


During the Phantasy Camp awards banquet, I was proud to have my teammate, Duke McLaughlin, win the “Tug McGraw Inspiration Award”. Before the award was presented, Legend Warren Brusstar spoke about the award and what it meant to him. During Tug’s illness, Brusstar acted as caregiver, and currently, his wife Jennifer is the CEO of The Tug McGraw Foundation.

For more information about The Tug McGraw Foundation, please visit their website:

“‘Ya Gotta Believe’— The Tug McGraw Foundation was established in 2003 to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and in 2009 expanded programs to include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), and Trauma Brain Injury, (TBI). We collaborate and partner with other organizations so that we can accelerate new treatments and cures to improve quality of life in areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of those debilitating conditions.”  

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Raising a glass to Tug.

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