/A Mets Usher for 5 Decades Keeps His Eye on the Ball, and the Stands

A Mets Usher for 5 Decades Keeps His Eye on the Ball, and the Stands

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Luke Gasparre, 91, a longtime usher for the Mets who started working at Shea Stadium when it opened in 1964, outside his home in Astoria, Queens, on Tuesday.

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Michael Appleton for The New York Times

Luke Gasparre is one of the most popular ushers at Citi Field in Queens, but he becomes even more popular during those rare seasons when the Mets manage to make the playoffs, as they last did in 2006.

Now that the Mets are in the World Series, Mr. Gasparre says he is suddenly hearing from old acquaintances.

“They’re all calling me asking for tickets now,” he said, between phone calls, during an interview at his home on Tuesday. “People are offering me 300, 500 bucks. I say: ‘Sorry, I can’t do nothing. I got to play the game straight.’”

Mr. Gasparre has been a Mets usher since Shea Stadium opened in 1964.

“Back then, the team was so bad, a lot of people gave up their seats,” he recalled. “They said, ‘If I wanted to see clowns, I’d go…

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