Mets legend Ed Kranepool received good news over the weekend.
The 74-year-old announced at Citi Field on Monday that he has found a "perfect match" for a new kidney after a nearly two-year wait on the donor list.
Kranepool, the first baseman on the 1969 World Series champion Mets, has been cleared by doctors for the procedure, which will take place May 7 at Stony Brook University Hospital.
"I'm nervous, but also ecstatic," he told Newsday earlier in the day. "It's very exhilarating, no question about it. It's life-saving. But I am nervous. It's a three-and-a-half-hour operation. Even though the doctor doesn't see it as a problem. Nothing is a problem until there's a problem."
Kranepool said he has not met the donor but is hoping that will happen soon.
"I don't know if he's a Yankee fan or Mets fan," he joked.
Kranepool said the key for him the last few years was remaining positive, even invoking the Mets slogan "ya gotta believe" from the 1973 season while addressing reporters on Monday.
"That's what kept me strong," he said. "I never got depressed. ... When you're asking someone for an organ, you never know when it is going to come. ... Ya gotta believe."
If all goes according to plan, Kranepool should be cleared to join his former teammates at the end of June when the Mets celebrate the 1969 team at Citi Field.