If I could give out an award for a Shea Stadium MVP, Hank, one of the many ushers there would be on the top of my list for sure. We loved seeing Hank at the top of the loge section ramp before every game and the smile on his face explained the feeling was mutual. We met randomly on a chilly April night in 2007. I was with a few friends and brought my Mom along. She was either crocheting a new scarf before the game or reading the newspaper, but she got to talking with Hank. My mom brought up that her father in law, my grandfather, was the head of the Press Gate back in the early 80's up until 1994. Ends up Hank was friends with my grandfather and the rest is history. We made a point to get tickets in Hank's section for almost every game and would always hit him off with a few bucks for being the man (which is now against Mets policy). At the time I was bartending full time and he would always have some crazy new drink recipe for me every game. The one that I'll never forget is the Bull Shot. It's in fact not a shot, but a drink and it sounds gross. Almost like a Bloody Mary but with beef bouillon. No thank you.
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 3 oz chilled beef bouillon
- dash of Worchestershire, Tabasco, salt and pepper to taste
- celery salt (optional)