KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Which team do you cheer for when you are connected to both the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals?
One metro man played for both teams. He played for the Mets when they won the 1986 World Series title. He also played for the Royals the following year.
Sporting number 49, Ed Hearn played backup catcher for the Mets. The '86 squad won against the Boston Red Sox in seven games, but it was the sixth game that Hearn remembers the most.
“From the pits of 'oh my gosh' to 'oh my goodness.' It was fabulous,” he said.
He recalls playing on the Mets his penthouse years, the peak of his career. He has a ring and a pretty fancy trophy to prove it.
“I'm getting chills just thinking of the ride from Shea Stadium down to the Battery Park area of lower Manhattan where the parade started,” Hearn said.
Hearn traded blue and orange for blue and white when he played for the Royals the following year. A severe shoulder injury ended his MLB career. He not only built a successful career in New York, he fell in love with the city and then a New Yorker. So it’s no surprise that he’s cheering on the Mets.
“I declare publicly, I’m pulling for the Mets,” he said with a laugh. It puts him at odds with his wife who is a Royals fan.
Although he’s rooting for the Mets, Hearn says it’s hard to not to cheer for the Royals.