Recently there was a firestorm in the media concerning a popular phrase that was started way back in the 1970s with Tug McGraw.
Mets fans seized the moment to belittle the Philadelphia Phillies for using a slogan like ‘You gotta believe’ that was coined by the late great relief pitcher.
Well Mets fans I have to tell you you don’t own that slogan. You see the Phillies picked it up way back in 1980 before many of you were born and ran with it as they won the World Series with the Tugger on the mound has the Phillies won the first World Series in franchise history that goes all the way back to 1883.
Tug McGraw was a marvelous person who personified winning and really gave people a reason to believe way back then and his spirit still is alive in the Philly area today. When Tug was traded to the Phillies he became part of our family and he will always be part of our family and part of the glory is history and the success of the Phillies. It’s not our fault that you traded him to us and he went on to be one of the biggest influences on the Phillies team for years.
So the next time you see that picture that ignited this firestorm with the saying ‘You gotta believe’ just know that that slogan is bigger than any baseball team it’s attached to a man who was one of the best influences a baseball team could have and a solid teammate and a role model. That was Tug’s saying and nobody owns it.