NEW YORK — There were no burning jerseys, only beans.
A planned protest against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over a trademark filing never fully materialized Tuesday at an Upper East Side restaurant — only a handful of New York Mets fans showed — but former players from the 1969 World Series team asked Brady to reconsider the trademark request.
Brady’s company, TEB Capital, filed for two “Tom Terrific” trademarks, one for trading cards, posters, and printed photographs, and another for clothing. The issue is that the nickname originally belonged to former Mets pitcher and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.
Former first baseman Ed Kranepool and right fielder Art Shamsky donned Mets hats, flashed their championship rings, and spoke of the legacy Tom Seaver leaves behind.
“Maybe it’s the new athlete,” Kranepool said. “Maybe it’s the ‘I’ generation, who can only think about himself. He’s the greatest quarterback who ever lived and I supported him over the years, and any time I’m rooting in football, I’m rooting for Tom Brady. But when you ask me about Tom Terrific and having played behind a guy like (Seaver), there’s only one guy who can be called Tom Terrific and that’s him. But when you’re first in line, I think there should only be one of any kind. (Brady) is the second model.”
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Later, some of the fans in attendance grabbed some Brady No. 12 jerseys and threw beans at them before chucking them in a trash can. A signed poster with an image of Brady was also ripped and tossed in the garbage.
Shamsky shared a story about sitting down with Seaver recently in 2017 to interview him for a book he was writing, "After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the '69 Mets."
"Tom Seaver will always be known as 'Tom Terrific,'" Shamsky said. "He will always be the face of the Mets, and one of the greatest pitchers who ever pitched in the major leagues."
In March, Seaver’s family announced that he is suffering from dementia and would not be making any more public appearances.
The Mets posted a message to their verified Twitter account on Monday also criticizing the trademark filing.
Hey @uspto, with all due respect to @TomBrady…There’s only one #TomTerrific to us. #LGM#Metspic.twitter.com/CvzWY4hu7Y
“We want to overturn it,” said Sammy Musovit, owner of Sojourn Restaurant and organizer of the event. “We sent messages to Brady’s camp on Twitter saying that he shouldn’t be doing this. He’s got six Super Bowl rings. It’s not right what he’s doing. The name belongs to New York. It belongs to the New York Mets. It belongs to Tom Seaver.”
Seaver compiled a 311-205 record with a 2.86 career ERA and won the Cy Young Award three times in 20 seasons.
When asked how he’d describe Seaver in one word, Shamsky didn’t hesitate: “Terrific.”
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