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Members of 1969 Mets join anti-Tom Brady rally over 'Tom Terrific' trademark

Members of 1969 Mets join anti-Tom Brady rally over 'Tom Terrific' trademark

Who knew a nickname could cause this much acrimony?

News that Tom Brady recently filed to trademark "Tom Terrific" has drawn the ire of New York Mets fans who insist legendary pitcher Tom Seaver deserves the nickname.

In fact, the news irked the Mets faithful so much that they held a rally Tuesday night at a restaurant in Manhattan's Upper East Side to support Seaver and protest Brady's filing.

And guess who showed up to this rally? Ed Kranepool and Art Shamsky, two members of the 1969 World Series champion Mets and former teammates of Seaver's.  

Kranepool and Shamsky witnessed a bizarre scene, as angry Mets fans "hurled Boston baked beans and black beans at a Brady jersey and poster before trashing both," according to the New York Post

The two "Amazin' Mets" members didn't join those shenanigans, but they still believe Brady is in the wrong by trying to trademark Seaver's name.

"Maybe it’s the new athlete, who is the ‘I’ generation, and he’s only thinking about himself," Kranepool said. "He’s the greatest quarterback that ever lived. [But] there was only one Tom Terrific." 

"Tom Terrific" doesn't even begin with Seaver; he earned the nickname as a reference to the late 1950s cartoon series. But with the 74-year-old Hall of Famer battling dementia and out of the public spotlight, Kranepool and Shamsky want to defend their teammate and have Brady's request nullified.

"Hopefully ‘Tom Terrific’ will live on forever because he’s one of the greatest pitchers ever," Shamsky said.

"If he can’t talk for himself, we certainly can talk for him," Kranepool added.

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Mets fans to hold rally protesting Tom Brady's pursuit of 'Tom Terrific' trademark

Mets fans to hold rally protesting Tom Brady's pursuit of 'Tom Terrific' trademark

Mets fans aren't going to let Tom Brady trademark "Tom Terrific" without a fight.

The Patriots quarterback recently sought to trademark the nickname, which has been associated with Hall-of-Fame Mets pitcher Tom Seaver since the 1960s. WFAN host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason expressed his displeasure with Brady on Tuesday, and his fellow New Yorkers are doing the same by protesting the six-time Super Bowl champion's pursuit of the trademark.

Per SNY:

Mets fans plan to gather at Upper East Side restaurant Sojourn on Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a 'Boston T.B.' Party, where they will dump jerseys and memorabilia of Brady into garbage bags filled with beans.

Also reportedly taking place at the rally will be Seaver's former Mets teammate, Art Shamsky, discussing Seaver's legacy while Mets fans "hold a press conference demanding Brady apologize to Seaver, his family and Mets fans everywhere."

There's still hope for Mets fans as Brady's trademark request hasn't officially been approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Regardless of whether the request is granted, New York fans have yet another reason to despise their longtime archnemesis.

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There's only one Tom Terrific, and it's not Tom Brady -- why TB12 and the GOAT should leave Tom Seaver's name alone

There's only one Tom Terrific, and it's not Tom Brady -- why TB12 and the GOAT should leave Tom Seaver's name alone

Tom Brady is great. Tom Brady is amazing. Tom Brady is remarkable, fantastic, marvelous, splendid, and stupendous.

Why does he have to be terrific, too?

Haters gonna hate, but this time they're right. There's one Tom Terrific and unfortunately he has dementia. His name is Tom Seaver and if you're the type who wants to LOL over a bunch of dinosaurs rallying around some long-ago baseball (!!!) player by implying that he's irrelevant, perhaps a history lesson is in order.

The news that Brady plans to trademark the nickname, "Tom Terrific," to sell on posters and t-shirts raised eyebrows and then ire, especially in New York. While the adjective certainly fits the six-time Super Bowl champ, it is more instantly associated with the Hall of Fame right-hander, who earned the sobriquet as a young hotshot with the Mets a decade before the quarterback was even born.

You don't have to be 80 to recognize Seaver as the original. Over 20 years in the big leagues -- the last with the Red Sox in 1986 -- Seaver won 311 games and three Cy Young Awards, made 12 All-Star teams, and earned a place in New York sporting immortality by leading the 1969 Amazins' to a World Series title. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1992 with 98.8 percent of the vote.

In March, Seaver's family sadly announced the 74-year-old will retire from public life because of dementia, which will keep him from attending the 50th-anniversary celebration of 1969 in New York this summer.

A month after that news broke, Brady's management company filed a pair of trademark applications on "Tom Terrific" covering cards, posters, and t-shirts, among other memorabilia. Even if we grant Brady's team the benefit of the doubt and assume the timing was coincidental, it still kinda gross, if we're being perfectly honest.

Tom Seaver suffers from dementia and all of its associated horrors. Some believe it traces to a 1991 bout with Lyme Disease. Friends say his memory began failing him years ago, when Seaver found himself terrified at the realization that he couldn't name the head worker at his California vineyard, whom he had employed for seven years.

Out of respect to the Seaver family, someone at Team Brady ought to do the right thing and stand down. If Brady wants to trademark anything beyond TB12, it should probably be GOAT. Brady deserves a nickname all his own, given his unparalleled accomplishments. He doesn't need to appropriate someone else's. On the occasional times he's been referred to as Tom Terrific, it has always felt derivative and unoriginal.

Now it feels crass and opportunistic, not to mention grist for Brady's critics, who have noted similar unseemliness in his charity arrangement with Best Buddies, his association with shady characters like Alex Guerrero and Tony Robbins, and his claims about avoiding concussions, which former teammate Ted Johnson considers insulting and irresponsible.

Brady apologists will note that Seaver didn't even originate the name. It actually predates his arrival in the big leagues by a decade as the title character in a 1950s cartoon that ran during the Captain Kangaroo children's program.

If you want to make that argument, you'll get no quarrel from me. It's just further proof that the nickname should be left alone in the public domain.

A few will associate it with the cartoon. More will think of the quarterback. But to the overwhelming majority, there's only one Tom Terrific, and he threw a baseball.

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