MMO Fan Shot: I’ve Run Out Of Time, But It’s Been A Blast

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An MMO Fan Shot from Chago

I have been an avid baseball fan since the mid 1940’s a New York (baseball) Giants fan until they moved to San Fransisco . Then spent a few years displaced until 1962 when the New York Mets started playing ball , been a lifer since that time . I’ve seen the good and the bad and recently it seemed really bad again but to my surprise the team is playing well this year , real well . They couldn’t have made an old man happier than they have the last couple of weeks . Unfortunately it seems that I won’t be around to see how it ends . Or how Matz , Montero and Thor among others make their way .

Like we all do at one point or another in this life I have run out of time .Our most precious resource, yet one most of us take it for granted until it’s to late , me included . I have a couple of choices; one to let the doctors have their way with me, but my odds are under 15% and it would not be a cure and keep going proposition just a little extension in time but the trade off would be less quality of life for that extra time. The other is to live out the last month or two that I have left to the fullest.

I choose the latter.

I will be leaving for a fishing excursion deep into the Amazon river basin in a few days for a month and from there straight to the beaches of Phuket , Thailand after that if I am able I will end my time with a trip to Eilat , Israel. All these places I have been to on several occasions over the last 4 decades and are among my favorite places in the world so I figured why not spend my last days there.

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I would like to thank Joe DeCaro for providing us all with such a great Mets haven, and his staff as well especially Teddy Klein (love you brother), David Conde, Tommy Rothman, John Bernhardt and Connor O’Brien.

So many of you have been such fine friends to me: BBLB, Alex68, BailForNails, BarnRat, Benny, Mad Met, MLB GM, Hodges, Salty Gary, Don O’Brien, Damaja, pastline63, knicksjg16, Erin, They call him Mr. Dickey, NY Mammoths, Mets4Lyfe, Anthony, Trevordunn, Henry Johnson, Biggle Boy, Matt Mosher, TPT, Brian D, Met Fan in NC, Colorado Met Fan and Senor Jason.

And then of course are a few that stick out above all the rest El Verdadero Presidente (los veramos en el cielo otra ves amigo), Joey D (take care of MJ and yourself brother you both are shining lights), AlwaysAmazing (goodbye Eileen te amo), Bob Walsh (take that little one to the games my friend enjoy yourself), Mike Lloyd (my brother take good care of yourself we will meet again), the ever present Carlton Krinkle (keep everyone laughing my friend), and Matlack (one of the few people that you can be at opposite ends of the spectrum with and still have a civil enjoyable discussion, my hat is off to you brother).

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It is a very liberating experience knowing you will expire soon. You don’t have to watch what you eat. You can spend like a drunken sailor (sorry Joe D lol) since there really is no tomorrow to save for. And knowing that soon you will be with your maker in a much better place than we are presently, makes for some very interesting thoughts and observations you never had before.

I want to thank each and everyone of you for all the good times and great conversation and laughs I cherish you all and the memories I have of us together.

Goodbye my friends. May God Bless you all.

Now let’s go out there and win this thing THIS YEAR. Root this team right into the World Series. I guarantee i’ll be watching. My favorite coach for decades now has been Jesus and it’s time for him to put me in.

No remorse, no regrets!

Chago

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  • jessepmmo

    God bless

  • mr1313

    Chago enjoy every last day to the fullest. I wish you all the best in your travels I hope you go out with a bang. I will miss the minor league updates and I’m sure your real life family will miss you greatly Godspeed my MMO friend.

  • OriginalMetsFan

    Wow….. Hmmmm I’m deeply touched by this words my Mets brother. May you enjoy this few days in this world and may you enjoy even more in eternal life. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers and I personally dedicate this 90 win season to you my brother . I will cheer harder this year than ever before with you in mind. God bless you.

  • Ted Danson

    Haven’t been around as long as the others although Ive been a lurker for a while. Always have enjoyed your baseball insight. Godspeed to you.

  • Eyeball

    God bless, Chago.

  • BCleveland3381

    Damn man, this really made me sad to read, and happy somehow at the same time. It’s inspirational how you’ve decided to handle your final months. Best to you and your family.

  • metsman

    Thank’s for sharing this, much respect. With heart like that, you will beat those odds and hang around for some time.

  • Enjoy every moment of your adventures!

  • corny12491

    Chago,

    I unfortunately didn’t get to know you too much due to my fairly recent arrival to the MMO party, and even still I only get to commenting on the threads every now and again. But reading your minor league updates nightly and seeing your passion for this team always caught my interest. Passionate people like yourself, those who take something, immerse themselves in it and just enjoy the heck out of it, are truly refreshing. It’s inspiring that you continue that passion even in your last days. I’m sure I speak for a lot of us in wishing you the best in your upcoming journeys, on Earth and afterward.

  • I’m kind of repeating myself but I’m glad that our paths crossed, Chago, even if it was only briefly. Enjoy the rest of your journey!

  • Wow Chago. I am very thankful that you were able to write that and that MMO is such a cool place to post this. There are many posters that I don’t know personally that suddenly disappear. Sometimes because they are burnt out with posting about things like the Mets and other times for reasons we just don’t know because we are not connected to them on a very personal level.

    I think you have an excellent plan for your last days and others would be so lucky. God Speed Chago.

  • Here’s hoping the doctors are wrong and you have many seasons left in you. Enjoy your trip. If the worst does come to pass, and I’ll be honestly praying it does not, but if it does – see what you, Gary and Ralph can do for those long suffering fans you leave behind. Best of luck here and the hereafter, Chago. You’re a truly passionate fan.

    Tim

  • EzRider

    I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting you but i wish i had. Have a pleasant journey.

  • Hotstreak

    In life its not win or lose it’s character. A guy like you Chago from the short time I know you display just that: Class all the way. It takes guts to face what you are going thru are to share it shows what a loyal MMO and Met fan you are. The most moving fan shot ever. We all tip our caps to you.

  • Tomthetinker

    I will be right here-Believin until my last breathe.
    Enjoy your journey my friend.

  • Ed Marcus

    Chago all I can say in when you leave this mortal coil go out with dignity – hopefully the Mets will give you some great & exciting moments before you breathe your final breath (which hopefully will be 50 odd years from now)

  • NewYorkMammoths

    Chago,

    What a blast it’s been to talk with you on MMO this season! There’s a Mets team in heaven, they go 162-0 every year, and Sandy’s not the GM! God bless!

  • LordoftheMets

    Enjoy your final days, and God Bless you!

  • mr1313

    I agree with all this. I will honor Chago with another great man and great Met my favorite Met of all time Gary Carter. Great Picture of Gary from a great fan. Very inspirational post.

  • Sach

    May God Bless You, Chago- it was a pleasure- very friendly, class, insightful and brave.

  • Damn Chago. I started reading the fan shot thinking it was about moving out west or another country and you floored me with what you ended up so openly sharing with everyone. My most deepest heartfelt prayers to you and your family in all that your going through and I pray there is just not another Amazin season for the Mets but a Miracle one for you that next Opening Day you will share with everyone at MMO.

  • Mike Lloyd

    Chago my brother-nothing but love for you. We indeed will see each other. Your profound wisdom and courage with life leaves us all richer in our lives, your knowledge and friendship and joy of life-and the wisdom we all accrued from just talking baseball and life with you will live on-blessings upon you brother. Keep an open heart to the Lord. You indeed left your mark brother-with all of us. Angels watch over you…and God keep you.

  • 3doza33

    Always enjoyed reading what u had to say. I don’t know you but I will definitely miss reading your posts. Enjoy your lasts days brother and do every crazy ass thing we all wish we could do! Much love brother!! You will be missed!

  • wwdwd

    I just recently started reading mmo nd its become my favorite website nd I’ve always loved ur recaps nd minor league updates thank u so much u will always b one of the reason that this is the best mets blog on the internet 100 times better then that matt cerone nd his metsblog but thank u again for everything chago I jus wish I could of gotten to no u more u have an amazing way of looking at things nd I just hope wen my time comes I can be just as confident as u r I hope u have an amazing trip the rest of life nd after wwcd what would chago do

  • Anthony

    God bless chago, you will be missed. The mets will be poorer for it. Enjoy your trip you will be in my thoughts an prayers

  • BigAl831

    This is such a beautiful article. Thank you MMO and thank you Chago. You sound like a hell of a guy. Have the time of your life and I hope to be able to buy you a beer sometime.

  • Andrew Herbst

    God bless you Chago. I have greatly enjoyed reading your posts and recaps.

  • Jane

    Chago, I was so sorry to read your wonderful fanshot. I too have only been reading here for a couple of years but have enjoyed your posts! Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you enjoy your adventures! I know that when he “puts you in” your first swing will be a game winning home run! And that when the Mets are next in the World Series we will think of you..and the other team won’t stand a chance! God Bless!
    JANE

  • mets4lyfe

    Chago, my friend, I may not know you personally, but I wish you the absolute best. It’s quite unfortunate that you won’t be able to grace us daily with your presence and baseball knowledge on MMO. I can’t say enough how awesome it was to read your comments on here knowing how long you’ve been following this game. I kind of figured something was up when you ended your last comment with “take care my friend” (knowing you’ve never said that before to me). Knowing that father time cannot be stopped, I assumed it must be your time.

    I don’t have any graceful way of saying this, but it’s going to ******* suck without you here.

    God bless you, my friend. 🙂

  • BarnRat

    Chago, I already wished you all the best. Reading others’ notes, I will just add that I now realize how much I appreciate a lot of the people on MMO who usually bug me! Good community. Add that to your legacy — BarnRat

  • Bob Pohlmann

    Very touching farewell. You are a lucky man to have been a baseball fan for so long. It is such a wonderful part of life to be so passionate about baseball. It is easy to root for a winner but being a Mets fan for over 50 years is special. You got to enjoy the highs and lows of the Mets, just like living a complete life. Enjoy your time and keep rooting. Let’s Go Mets. Mets fan here also since 1962.

  • Benny

    Holy crap!

    I am so sad right now, words can’t even describe how I feel. Chago, my friend, you will be dearly missed and hopefully you live the rest of your time to the fullest (which already sounds like you will). You will be missed a ton, my friend, stay positive. God bless… ;(

  • MyasDaddy

    Being a newbie from the first of the year, coming over from the mother ship. There was a reason why I ended up here. We all have the same love and passion for better or worse for this team. We all become each others support. So Chago- I can only say this. For the past 4 months or so, it has been a pleasure knowing you. I wish you peace, happiness and the strength to keep going. Thank you for everything! God bless you and your family.

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    Chago, although we dont know each other personslly your article brought me to tears. It was a pleasure to read your thoughts every day and go back and fourth. You will be greatly missed here but never forgoten. Sooner or later we will all be together again in a sports bar in the sky still rooting for our mets. Wish you the best buddy.

  • HarveyKsYou

    🙁 Wow. I remember seeing you on here for the first time posting Minor league updates and now you’ll be gone soon:( God Bless you man. Enjoy this precious time you have left.

  • igotyourbackman

    Seize the day! And may God grant you peace and happiness in your final days.

  • This is the most beautiful thing I have read in a while. God bless you old friend. May his light continue to shine in you and through you.Thank you for being you. it has been a blessing and a joy to know you. And when you get there, tell God there’s more to life than baseball, but we Mets fans need all the help we can get.

  • SchadenfreudianSlip

    God bless you. I wish you peace and happiness with the remainder of your time. you are a wise, brave and incredible soul.

  • KEITH

    We can all learn from your dignity and courage, Chago. God bless!

  • kw_all

    Thanks.

  • This truly is one of the most powerful, beautiful things I have ever read in my life. Farewell, enjoy your upcoming adventures to the fullest!
    God Bless you Chago.

  • Joey D.

    Hi All,

    Chago and I have been corresponding privately so Mary Jane and I were aware of his situation for a little while now. Believe me, though we only know Chago as a cyber friend, we don’t think we’ve ever been touched knowing one so wonderful, so caring and so genuine in every sense of the word.

    So through our relationship we can also assure you that Chago is indeed at peace with himself and not at all scared or afraid because he has long ago found comfort in his faith and nor does he feel either sorry or bitter for himself in any way and knows what lays ahead for him.

    What I hope many can learn from Chago is that life is so very precious and though we are all passionate when it comes to the Mets, that passion – which includes heated disagreements with each other – should always be embraced as an enjoyment and never be taken so seriously as to cause friction. More important, the Mets should not be used as a venue for cyber bullies using a disagreement of viewpoints as an excuse to spout personal vile against others simply because they cannot deal with people disagreeing with them.

    Chago will be out of touch with us for a while because there is no internet connectivity in some of the areas where he plans to go fishing, smoke his cuban cigars and takes a few extra belts of his favorite Johnny Walker. He told us he can now indulge in anything he wants to and not have to worry about it. When we do hear from him next we will let you all know how he’s doing.

    That’s quite a guy, isn’t he?

  • Rob

    God Bless You, Chago
    May we all have your courage when it’s our time.

  • KING

    Im fairly new to this blog (second season here) but Ive enjoyed all of your posts, especially when it came to our minor league players. I want to say thank you for all of your contribution to this site and all the good vibes you gave us Mets fans. I really hope the diagnosis are wrong and somehow we can still enjoy your posts and see you in this site. Either way, Godspeed and no matter where you at keep rooting for our beloved Mets because we will always do so and you won’t be forgotten. Thank you Mr. Chago

  • 2rings

    at a loss for words..God bless

  • The Professor

    I’m also fairly new to Mets Merized but I’ve greatly appreciated your updates on the minor leagues. I know from experience with friends that not all dire prognosis’ come true and I hope you’ll be able to watch the Mets win their next World Series, no matter how long that is. Good luck and God Bless.

  • TexasGusCC

    Took me a while to gather all my thoughts, but, when you have access, please get on the Internet to say hello. It is very powerful to feel the boundaries of mortality, but it’s great to have read that you have faith that something better will be awaiting for you, and I hope so with every word I read tonight.

    I also enjoyed the recaps from Vegas, but mostly I enjoyed to read the controlled passion that some of us allow a competitive game (that we have no part of) to get the best of us. After all, we are merely supporters of a common team.

    The first thought in my mind was, God is big, and so you don’t know. But, may God bless your decisions and may you be in His embrace always. Save us all a spot up there!

  • skiplockweird

    God bless. Through their memories of you, your family we see to it you live forever.

  • Alex68

    Chago, I’ve been wondering what to write for a while now, many words have cross my mind to dedicate a good and deserving post to you, but words wouldn’t do justice IMHO, you’re what I call a true and real mets fan who’s been through it all with these team. In the blog you’ve been one of the most knowledgeable fan of baseball I’ve met and I’ve enjoyed each and every single conversation we’ve had including the ones with respectfully disagree on . while I don’t consider people on this blog friends since we’ve never met there are those special people you interact with, and you chago are one of those people.
    On Behalf Of #CORE members and HOF I’d like to wish you good luck and may God bless you and yours my good friend.
    Let’s go mets!!!!!

  • ColoradoMetsFan

    Chago, hopefully I get this right: Rod Kanehl, Jim Hickman, Gil Hodges, Frank Thomas, Charlie Neal, and all of us salute you. God Bless!!!

  • GodSpeed Chago

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    In memory of chago, my name going forward will be Alex68 (Ch)
    God bless you my friend

    I’ve had family members die of nature, I haven’t been this sad in a while.chago, you will be miss man..

  • WilponsNeed2Go

    God Bless. You are a truly courageous man.

  • B-Met Fan

    As always, you model the way. You’re positive attitude and zest for living and, of course, for the Mets is empowering. It’s more than an honor to consider you a colleague on this wonderful fan site and even more than that a friend.

  • Chago, I must say you are a man of integrity and you have my full respect. You were the first to comment on my father’s post especially when he eluded to having met his wife when she was only two years old, (smile), and you always asked for him and truly enjoyed his articles. In you he said he had a true fan.

    In the short time that I have known you, we have had some great conversations and I am thankful to God that you have been able to enjoy all of MMO/MMN and everyone that is a part of it all.

    I must say that I am saddened by the news, but I also do hope that you enjoy your upcoming journey and may the Lord show you all the wonders of this amazing planet of ours. My prayers are with you and your family and I have to truly admire how you are able to embrace your situation.

    You lived a very good life my friend and have seen many great days, so I hope that the next few months bring you much happiness and joy.

    This is not good bye Chago, but til we meet again. God Bless You my brother and thank you for impacting my life. You are true fan of this game and someone that will be truly missed.

  • Joey D.

    Hi All,

    Just finished exchanging some final thoughts with Chago before he began leaving for South America and told him to please check out MMO to see how much he has touched the hearts of so many.

    I also want to share something he said to MJ and myself for I know he wants the same for everyone at MMO:

    “love each other like it is your last day together and cherish each other”.

    What else can be said about one whose thoughts are about others while dealing with what he is going through?

  • SRT

    May God Bless, Chago.

    Hope your trips are everything you hope for, as you motor along your bucket list.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • mad met

    Chago , been a pleasure reading your comments and talking some baseball my friend .your a true fan of the game . Good luck on your journey.

  • Chris Strohmaier

    Hi Chago,

    Best of luck to you on your journey. May God keep you in the palm of His hand as you go through your travels. I think this just goes to show how strong the Mets and baseball community is, in general. Let’s Go Mets, that’s the cheer!

    God Bless,

    Chris Strohmaier
    Amazin’ Avenue Staff Writer

  • Peter S

    God bless!

  • Cesaro

    God bless

  • Joey D.

    Hi Alex,

    That is a wonderful tribute and a real touch of class!

    I can tell you one thing, however, Chago does not want any of us feeling sad at this point though I will admit, it’s almost impossible not to. Bet you’re feeling like me – that the game tonight seems so inconsequential.

  • Eric Raffle

    wow…one of the more amazing things I’ve ever read!!! Your schedule is ambitious and inspiring!!!—Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

  • Waz0787

    RIP my friend. I didn’t know you for that long but it was a pleasure reading your comments.

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Joey d, y I u have no idea. For the first time in a long time I’ve felt just out of it
    Chago is an awesome individual

  • Wolfmicky21

    I hope you enjoy you trips

  • Luis Sanchez

    Wow! Very nice!

    God bless you!

  • AlexHZ

    If you’re going to the Amazon; you should really try ayahuasca. Do some research and ask around. A whole lot of people in your position try ayahuasca. Good luck bud

  • Met lifer

    God bless you. May your time left be very special and give you the most joy.

  • Mike Lloyd

    The best kind of person Joey-selfless-caring more for the feelings of those of us he’d grown close too. His sentiments of friendship and caring are so moving-it’s difficult not to be emotional.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Alex,

    Yes, it’s got me more numb tonight because now I’m reading others’ thoughts and sharing their feelings. Notice I’m not even calling you “fearless leader” as I usually tease you with?

    But you’re right, Chago is awesome in so many ways. I just hope certain people can learn from his example.

  • goorru

    Wow! Beatiful article God bless you. Wonderful that you are riding into the sunset with head held high. We all need to take a lesson from you Chago.

  • Rocky Thompson

    Chago,
    Your incredible post reminded me of the Jimmy Valvano ESPY speech. Part of the speech reads as follows: “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” I am confident that the rest of your life will be made up of very special days. God bless you.
    Dave

  • jason bay

    Damn,

    You will be missed……A lot.

    I wish you the best Chago, we are all better for you being here at MMO.

    Enjoy, GOD Speed, Wish you the best.

    Dios Bendiga.

  • Fast Eddie

    Beautiful words Chago! Your courage is a true inspiration to many of us. It’s been a real pleasure to have you here. Enjoy your journey and wherever life takes you.

    “Wake up to find out that you are the Eyes of the World”

    God Bless…
    Eddie

  • Joey D.

    Hi Mike,

    Don’t know how anyone could say it better than you just did. As just mentioned to Alex, by talking about it now with you guys, it’s really hitting me harder now that it’s all in the open.

    Was easy to recognize that Chago was someone special and that he will always be.

  • Darnell James

    This was touching, its definitely a reality check. Im glad you’re at peace with everything and it seems like you will live it up. I hope the Doctors are wrong and we hear from you soon, if not, hope theres no suffering.

  • This is amazing. Bless you, Chago.

  • Mike Lloyd

    Agreed my friend. A beautiful heart, mind and soul. What an impressive human being. I pray we get to hear from him again, but if not-we will all remember him and hold him with reverence.

  • willywater88

    While I am initially saddened in seeing this news, I am comforted that you are embracing your future. I am also thankful that you took the time out to send us a farewell.

    Much love and take care my friend.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Mike,

    Amen to that, my friend.

  • Carlton Krinkle

    Damn dude, I’m gonna miss the hell out of ya. Plain and simple. You’re a real dude, and I have genuinely appreciated the conversations we’ve had. I haven’t been to the places you listed, but they sound like places where some real damn adventures happen, and I hope you’ll be having some adventures of your own during your journey.

    I’ll drink a scotch in your honor tonight (and perhaps five or six after that) and be thinking of you.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    I never thought I’d be saying this to a man I met online:

    I love you.

    You have brightened my days and sweetened my time on this board. You’ve caused me to think, you’ve made me laugh. And now you bring me to tears.

    My life will be less, my memories of our little time here so full. Thank you, Jesus, for bringing me here and allowing me to meet this special man.

    Always in my prayers, my dear, dearest friend. Por favor, dejar la puerta abierta para mi, hermano.

  • DrDooby

    Very much respect your approach amidst these tough times. Wishing you all the best and that you can fully complete your “repeat bucket list”. I suggest getting the MLB At Bat app – at least for those places where you can access the Internet with a mobile device. And while the TV feed could be bumpy, listening to Howie & Josh in the middle of the night or for breakfast somewhere in the world is a fun experience as I can fully attest.

    And maybe the 2014 Mets have a little something in them that makes this season fun to follow – not only for us but especially for you…

    In any case, wishing you lots of meaningful and pain free days for the longest possible time.

  • Metropolitan

    🙁

  • Keith’s stache

    I’m sorry but I had tears reading this beautifully written article. I truly admire your courage & wish we all can have the dignity with which you are approaching your life.

    Although I never really interacted with you,I truly enjoyed reading all the minor league updates & other posts as well.
    I wish you many happy days in the Amazon & Phuket & do visit Johnny Walker as often as you can.

    You will be missed my friend.

    God Bless.

  • metsfansince64

    I am another newbie here, but in the short time I have been here, I had quickly grown to look forward to reading your posts for their intelligence and insights. I hope you get to enjoy whatever time you are given (with hopes that it will be a lot longer than the doctors project) as you revisit your favorite places. Good luck, and God bless.

  • Dave_in_Spain

    Buen viaje Chago, en todos los sentidos. Enjoy your last days as you deserve. You will be missed here.

  • Matlack

    Chago my friend,

    When I first read this post, and immediately knew where you were going with it, I felt great sadness. As I read further, I felt inspiration. I have the utmost respect for your decision, and admiration for the manner in which you choose to live the rest of your days.

    Your words to ‘strangers’ mean more than you know, my friend. Although we never met in person, I’ve always enjoyed our conversations, usually late at night, and especially when we digressed from baseball to other topics. Despite our differences over policy, you’ve always come across to me as a gentleman, a chap from another era who embodied a sweet combination of street smarts and polished erudition. Judging from your current words, I now know that I was correct in that assessment.

    Brother, I wish you nothing but the best on your journey, and if there is anything at all I can do for you, please, just reach out. Peace be with you.

  • mr mojo risin

    Cheers Chago, beautiful post… I admire you for living life the way you want through to the end.

  • Matt Mosher

    Wow…fantastic post.

  • Jeff

    Chago, not sure what to say, certainly a fan with admirable insight! Certainly wish you the best and pray that your journey is far from over. Safe travels! The Mets future is very bright and I wish nothing but the same for you sir!

  • Guest

    It’s nice to see we can all agree on this.

  • dg

    Peace. Happiness. Love.

  • HawkZon

    Chago, I hope you find peace and joy in all your travels.
    Journey forth.

  • MetsFAN660

    Bonne journee, Chago. Where you’re off to, the Delta Club seats are the cheap ones. I can’t say we agreed on much on here, but I will admit to seeing the “win-now” desire from a different perspective. Peace. Let’s Go Mets!

  • Mets Fan in Paris

    Thank you Chago for opening up your heart to our Mets brotherhood. All of our days here are numbered though none of us know that number. Thank you for setting an example for us by facing these things with joy instead of fear. God be with and bless you brother.

  • QueensRussell

    In the words of the incomparable Muhammad Ali: “Live every day as if it’s your last because one of these days you’re going to be right.”

    Thanks for your insights and passion, and all best wishes to you on some very exciting journeys!

  • Agee’s Catch

    Chago,

    I cannot express what has not already been expressed. Peace, love and time be with you.

    As you embark on this final road trip, remember this: we always play better on the road.

    Steve

  • Mark Griffith

    Peace be with you, Chago. Beautiful post.

  • Sunshine

    Chago,
    I haven’t been here long, but thank you for this. There are many kind words here. Let you example be a lesson to us all, myself included. This thread exemplifies what an online community should be, good times and full of respect. Maybe we can all think a little more on how we treat each other when we post and all try to be our best on here, so that like Chago, what we contribute when we are here will be sorely missed when we aren’t. Thank you, Chago for the inspiration, and thank the rest of you for all having such kind things to say about him. Clearly he brings out the best in you all. Very nice to see.

  • piazza4aday

    Bases loaded, two out, two strikes, bottom of the ninth, bottom of the order and down by five…

    Prayers sent for you and your loved ones.

    Go with God my friend, i hear he has one heck of a lineup to join.

  • IndianaMet

    Wow. Chago is a man’s man. I hope his journey is peaceful. I am humbled by his words.

  • Bail4Nails

    Chago,
    I have a feeling the folks in Heaven have been watching your performance down here, and you are the Bright Young Prospect they have been waiting years to have on Their team. I know you won’t disappoint, and they will be very lucky to have you. We will miss you brother. But like you always taught us here, there’s a bright future on the horizon. We’ll do our best to become the next great prospects you’ll be waiting for up there. In the meantime, we’ll keep hope alive that the boys in Orange and Blue can beat the odds and Win one for Chago. Go travel, have a blast, and ride off into the sunset. God Bless you brother!

  • mr1313

    I thought the same thing after I read this post I really hope Joe D keeps this post somewhere on the site where all MMO visitors can read it. It’s what a great Mets fan should be and how a great man should live. It also is what we are as a Met community here at MMO and every visitor and current reader should be reminded of that.

  • Bubbadubbs

    Wow fellow brother of the orange and blue. GOD BLESS YOU, your family and your soul. You don’t know me but I’m a daily visiter of mmo I just don’t commentt much to avoid fighting for my pasion for the mets can really get me carried. Enjoy your time and thank you for sharing in such an open forum. May He shine the sun on your shores and light your way, fare the well

  • StrawberryPiazzaWright

    May the Lord keep on guiding you through, my friend. I can only wish, I can live my life to the fullest, and go on like you will. I am sure you know where you are going (Heaven), since you have the best Coach to guide you. We will miss you, but we will meet again for sure.

    Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
    Look full in His wonderful face,
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
    In the light of His glory and grace.

    Dios te continue bendiciendo hasta el final.

    Your brother in Christ,
    Luis (StrawberryPiazzaWright)

  • Hodges14

    Chago, I’ve enjoyed our many conversations about the Mets. You’ve always been respectful with everyone here. Enjoy the time you have left. You will be sorely missed at MMO and I suspect everywhere else in your life. God Bless you.

  • Michael Armato

    Now that is AMAZING…..God Bless you….head to PARADISE in style!

  • RyanF55

    God Bless, Chago. Live every day like it will never end. Your story should be forwarded to the Front Office to show what a real Met fan is. Your story puts all the frustration about this team, this sport, this GAME in the proper perspective of life. I hope they can get into the playoffs and make some noise for you. All the best.

    -Ryan

  • BronxMets

    God Bless big guy.

  • sarge69

    May God be a part of your journey Chago, your kind words for this site and its many contributors is just amazing.

  • Taskmaster4450

    A worthy lesson for us all:

    A true man goes out on his terms, not those of someone else.

    We cannot dictate what comes at us in life but do control how we respond and the decisions we make.

    You are an inspiration.

  • Vin

    Chago, thank you. My uncle and step-father made very similar decisions. They were great, still are, but what they showed me in how to face the end is something I know I’ll pass on to those around me, both in how I live and how I choose to go.

    I hope you enjoy the fuck out of the Amazon, find quiet places, and leave in your best moment.

    Vin.

  • fedupfan13

    Always enjoyed reading your comments. I’m sorry you have to go, but truly admire that you are doing it on your terms. Most people would sit in a room and feel sorry for themselves. You are a brave man and an inspiration.

  • Joey D.

    Hi Guys,

    Wanted to share latest update from Chago received overnight:

    “Just wanted to let you know I arrived in DC unscathed I need to get some rest before the trip so please excuse me for being so brief .”

  • Joey D.

    THIRD!

  • beers22

    Thanks for sharing such a heartfelt and personal moment! God bless! May you find peace and joy on your journey!

  • LIKayLGM

    God Bless you Chago – maybe you’ll get the Miracle like we Mets Fans received in 1969.

  • Magic_Loogie

    Wow Chago…what class and eloquence. I read in a Charles Colson book that as a father we never stop teaching our children, even when facing death we are showing/teaching our children how to die with dignity and grace.

    Although I don’t know you, I’m taking a lesson from you, and I’m sure many others here will take note of how you are conducting yourself in your final chapter. May God richly bless you the rest of your days here, and forevermore.

  • Joey D.

    Hi dear friend,
    We’re all sharing tears of sadness together, but know that the sadness is only because we’ll miss being with you until we next get to be together again.
    Love ya, but you know that already!

  • John Ginder

    Chago, I am sorry that I never had the chance to get into conversation with you but I have learned a lot with this last post. I admire your courage and will pray for you and your family as you embark on the next stage.

  • El_Verdadero_Presidente

    I hope Mr. D finds a way to set aside a little space here as a permanent tribute. If not this man, who? He’s off on a fishing trip and he’s already produced a miracle. Look at us, this crazed bunch of fans standing here with arms around each other, in 100% agreement at last.

  • Bob Walsh

    chago —

    You had me laughing … then crying … and then laughing again. And it is a testament to your great humanity that you can evoke and inspire so many feelings, at such a very sad, sad time.

    I am with you in spirit for however long you have left, as you travel the world on these great adventures, and then, when the Mets win another championship, I will raise a beer to the heavens to my dear friend at MMO. And I will think of you when I bring my grandchildren out to Citi, each and every time I do.

    No remorse, no regrets! Safe travels, my friend.

  • Bob Walsh

    If I were a 20+ pound Peacock Bass in Venezuela, I’d be very nervous when you get there!

  • gameball

    Bless you chago, there’ll be one fewer strong voice here. Our loss is the gain of the places that receive you and the people that meet you in your travels, and I hope you can drop in from time to time for a quick hello.

  • Bob Walsh

    Very good karma, my inspiring friend.

    Carpe diem. Can’t wait to hear from you again in a month!

  • Bob Walsh

    Like I said in my post … I will think of you every time I go with my grandchildren to Citi. By the way, what’s your favorite beer (or adult libation!)? Its what I want to toast you with when the Mets win the World Series.

  • PA Met Fan

    Chago,
    I regret that i have never had the pleasure of having a conversation with you. You seem like a man who has a lot of lessons to tell and I am a person who could have learned a lot from them. I don’t think that i will forget reading this post anytime soon. I wish you all the best in your last months and will be praying for you and your family. LETS GO METS!

  • mets4lyfe

    yes!

    🙂

  • Joey D.

    Hey Say Chago,

    I was sure you wouldn’t have minded my sharing those words with everyone else.
    Love ya back, brother. The Lord has already blessed you!

  • Alex68 (Ch)

    Chago, hope you enjoy your days my man… it’s hard not to feel a bit sad and nostalgic, regardless, have fun and begin each day with a smile. more importantly, know that as of today, you have been inducted into the #CORE of Fame… 🙂
    Thanks for the good talks we had here, you really knew your baseball and i will honor your name with mine with grace.
    take care my friend
    #TheCORE

  • Chago,

    I haven’t really had much of a chance to get to know you during my relatively short time at MMO, but this post was touching and I’m very honored to have been mentioned in it. Best of luck, hopefully the Mets can win a World Series for you soon. And good luck with that fish!
    -Tommy

  • I hope you catch the giantest Peacock Bass ever. Take care and God bless.

  • Bob Walsh

    Know it well, brother.

    You enjoy every drop. We will share a toast in abstentia when the Mets win championship very soon!

  • Chago, I spoke with him today and shared your journey with him and he wishes you many blessings and a great time.

  • Mike Lloyd

    Ok brother. When u get back…let me know. I’ll stop in for a visit on my journey to and from Western Pa.

  • mr1313

    “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Thoreau. This time my friend I hope you get the fish, the experience and the time for quiet reflection. Kick some bass!

  • donobrien

    Dear Chago, your warm and friendly remarks to me always made me feel very comfortable here. I didn’t know that we both had grown up in Brooklyn in the 1940’s, although it seems I was five years older than you.

    What you wrote brought tears to my eyes and at the same time was deeply inspiring. I read it to my dear wife, but choked up many times. She, like you, is a person of deep faith. I am very sad, but happy for you that you have that deep faith and are unafraid because God is piloting the ship. Now I understand what you meant the other day, that He is in charge and you are only along for the ride.

    I am honored that you mentioned me as a friend. I promise that I will try to imitate your kindness, and show more patience with those I disagree with, both on this site and in the big world. I look forward to hearing about your Amazon adventure in a month or so. Love and prayers, Don.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    God Bless buddy.

  • Charley’s Twin

    Wow Chago, what an amazing and inspiring article you wrote. God bless you man.

  • Biggle Boy

    Chago, I have not been on MMO for that long a period of time, but you have been a wonderful source of respectful, thoughtful, and valued conversation. I’ll miss that, my friend. As we’ve discussed, I’m not that far from your age, and I completely understand your choice, here. God bless you.

  • Just_Da_damaja

    Chago – I was in Munich this Monday when I got the call that my dad passed away in Puerto Rico. Out the blue. Was very healthy. Sudden Heart attack.

    I had been with him 2 weeks ago for my parents 54th anniversary. What I would not do for even 10 minutes more with him. When I was here in PR at times I would surf on the web. Sometimes here on this site. And as much as I loved the back and forth. I was hating that it came at the expense of the time I had with them. So I started surfing less that week. I regret every second I wasted.

    You have been a great source of conversation here. I always appreciated talking with you. Be well and i wish you the best on your journey.

    Take care,

    Justin