Baseball fans of a certain age (i.e. my age) will recall the Mets-Cardinals rivalry of the mid-to-late 1980s as just about the best in baseball. It’s been a long time since then so you have to figure the bad blood has subsided. In the case of Jack Clark — who was interviewed on Cardinals radio yesterday — you’d figure wrong. Here’s Clark on playing with Mets in the All-Star Game:
“I wanted to let them know I wasn’t glad to be there with them and their teammate, didn’t want to be on any team or be a teammate with them, and we were going to battle.
Here’s Clark on Gary Carter:
“[He] talked his way more into the Hall of Fame than deserving it . . . [it was] pretty sickening and disgusting to everybody else.”
Here’s Clark on Howard Johnson’s allegedly corked bat:
“That just goes to show those guys were trying to cheat and, you know, it didn’t end up working for them anyhow. So if his was corked, I’m sure a few other guys’ over there were corked, also.”
I think the only way to resolve this is an old-timers series between the 1985-87 Cardinals and the 1985-87 Mets. Anyone have Bob Forsch’s phone number?