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Our Opinion: We love NY

Record-Courier editorial

Here’s a fashion prediction for 2002: New York Mets apparel will be popular in Carson Valley.

One of our hometown heroes, former Douglas High School star Shawn Estes, was traded to the Mets this week after seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants.

Having Estes in a Giants uniform has been a subtle luxury: A reason to favor the Giants, even though the team is based 300 miles away in another state; and a bragging point for those of us who like others to know that Nevada has more to offer than glitz, gambling and a potential nuclear waste storage site.

Estes, however, is more than a bragging point. He has been a good role model and an active member of the community, hosting youth sports clinics, raising money for Douglas High and, most recently, serving as grand marshal at the Parade of Lights Dec. 8. He is pleasant to talk to, signs autographs willingly and doesn’t exhibit many of the prima donna tendencies often observed in pro athletes.

While we’ll miss having Estes in San Francisco, this could be a big break for him. The Mets organization has been busy assembling what looks like a top-flight team, and, while there’s no guarantee Estes will be in Shea Stadium when the season starts, a successful season there could make him a superstar.

While we’ll miss having our hometown hero so close by, his parents, who live in Gardnerville, offered an accurate assessment when they noted that it’s not where Shawn plays that matters, it’s how he plays, and that he will get to continue doing what he loves.

We wish him the best of luck.