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This is just so sad. In the wee morning hours of Opening Day, we learned of the loss of one of our greats. NY Daily News first broke the news:
In every way, Rusty Staub, the beloved Mets' hitting icon, who passed away early Thursday morning at age 73, was bigger than life — a bigger-than-life baseball personality, humanitarian, gourmet chef, wine connoisseur, friend-to-all and, to the fans of Montreal, quite simply, "Le Grand Orange."
This Opening Day will have a sad undertone - the Mets organization tweeted this prior to game time:
PIX 11 continues: