By Joe McDonald at 15 March, 2013, 12:25 pm
Tom Seaver had not been acting like himself for a while, columnist Bill Madden noted Friday in the New York Daily News . And alarm bells for friends and family rang loudest in June, when Seaver released a statement congratulating Johan Santana for throwing the first no-hitter in New York Mets history:
“I’ve never met Johan personally, but what I’ve heard about him is he has a big heart and is a huge competitor.”
The only problem with that was Seaver had joined Santana in a half-hour SNY TV special in spring training of 2008 in which they talked at length about pitching strategies.
“I didn’t know what was happening,” Seaver, 68, said this week.
Seaver's bizarre statement on Santana freaked some people out, and rightly so . How could he not remember meeting him? Was he being oddly arrogant or ... was he sick?
In denial afterward, it was not until he also forgot the name of a man who had worked at his vineyard for seven years that his Seaver's wife, Nancy Seaver, made him see a doctor. Comprehensive tests revealed lyme disease.