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N.Y. Mets Model of Decorum as Reagan Praises Series Win

November 12, 1986|United Press International

WASHINGTON — The world champion New York Mets were greeted at the White House today with congratulations from lifelong Cubs fan President Reagan and no mention of a minor tiff over hints of unruly behavior.

Flanked by the stars of the cliffhanger 1986 World Series, Reagan praised the Mets during a Rose Garden ceremony and said their seven-game victory over the Boston Red Sox epitomized the adage coined by Yogi Berra that "The game isn't over 'til it's over."

"Believe me, even this lifelong Cubs fan has to dish out the praise," Reagan said.

The champs were a picture of protocol, although when the event was announced two weeks ago, White House spokesman Larry Speakes jokingly suggested the White House might not withstand the kind of ruckus that followed the Mets' World Series win.

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