Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses the origin of the Mets slogan, "Ya Gotta Believe," and how Tug McGraw came up with it.
"My roommate Tug McGraw came up with that slogan during a clubhouse meeting with Donald Grant, who was one of our owners, and he was making a speech to us to encourage us to perform and finish out the season strong, and during the speech Tug got up and started screaming and yelling and when he ended the speech Donald Grant looked at him with a strange look on his face, and I thought that was the end of my roommate Tug McGraw," Kranepool said.
"I thought (McGraw) was going to be traded that night, but I mentioned it to him. I said, I think Donald Grant is a little annoyed that you were hollering during his speech, just tell him you meant nothing of it, you were just trying to encourage the players and it was our rallying call and it was great.
"So people have to believe in themselves, you have to believe and never give up. Sports is a game that you can always come back from. You never know when a miracle is gonna happen. Ya Gotta Believe!"