I know this isn't Mets related, But I felt I had to honor a great champion.
I met Joe Frazier back in 1975 when I was 17. He was amazing. Very impressive. He autographed a few drawings for me. He said, " Wow, You're like LeRoy Neiman.Keep at it. I'm sure I'll see you again. " I left feeling great.
Now, I believe there are things that are meant to be. People meet because they are supposed to meet. Things happen for a reason. Nothing is a coincidence.
This past week I was supposed to do a signing with him on a limited edition piece from a painting I did. The other day I got a call from my publisher, who told me to send the pieces back. Joe wasn't going to be signing them.
Last night when I heard the news , a chill ran thru me.
I didn't get to see him. I guess it was almost meant to be.
Rest in Peace Smokin' Joe. I will see you again.