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Terry Collins' mom once let him skip school to watch the Yankees in the World Series

You could say Mets skipper Terry Collins is a little bit excited to be managing a team headed for the World Series. Collins -- who spent 10 years as a Minor League player and previously managed the Astros and Angels -- is a baseball lifer. He's one of those kids who started playing when he was four or five and spent time as a player-manager in the Minors. It's been his whole life for his whole life.

At his first press conference after the Mets clinched a spot in the World Series, Collins addressed the loss of his father, Bud, who passed away at the beginning of Spring Training this season. He told the media that Friday would have been his parents' wedding anniversary, and then told a story about what it was like growing up in a family obsessed with baseball.

When I was 12 years old, I was such a baseball fan that I was begging my mom to stay home to watch the World Series between the Yankees and the Pirates. She wrote me a note to get me out of school that [said] I was sick in the afternoon and couldn't go back to school in the fifth grade so I could stay home -- because the World Series [games] were all in the day time back then -- to watch the game. Then I'm thinking there tonight, "Holy crap ... now you're in it."

And he's not just in the World Series ... he's in the World Series and has Daniel Murphy on his team, so things are definitely lookin' good for Collins.

For what it's worth, the World Series that Collins skipped school to watch was the 1960 Fall Classic, which the Pirates won thanks to the dramatic, walk-off home run Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski hit to break a 9-9 tie in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7: