Happy Birthday to Joe Pignatano, who was well-liked by New York fans during his eleven years as the Mets bullpen coach. He is a class act. Gil Hodges trusted Joe and relied on him. Joe pitched for the Dodgers their last year in Brooklyn and their first in Los Angeles. He is the cousin of New York Yankees prospect Joey Falcone and his father, former Mets pitcher Pete Falcone. He’s 86 today.
Congratulations to my friend Pete Falcone, who delivered some wonderful news today: the New York Yankees have offered his son, Joseph, a contract to play professional baseball. Joey served our country a Marine and was deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan as a combat medic. After leaving the military, he attended Columbia University as an Economic major and as a walk-on made the All-Ivy baseball team. I am so proud of Joey and his Dad, who pitched in the majors for nine years, including four with the Mets. Pete is from Brooklyn and grew up a Yankee fan, and I’m sure he’s thrilled that his son gets to play for the greatest sports team on the planet. I thank Joey for the lives that he saved and for his service, and I am already among his growing number of fans.