Fictional Mets Infielder Chico Escuela ( of SNL) Visits Mets Spring Training (1979)

Bill Murray interviews (Garrett Morris) Chico Escuela
In March 1979, original Saturday Night Live cast member; Garrett Morris joined the Mets at Miller Huggins Field for Spring Training. At the time the Mets were still holding Spring Training in St. Petersburg Florida. 

Morris was filmed being interviewed by his SNL cast mate, Bill Murray as the fictional Mets player: Chico Escuela who wore uniform #5 (cinque). 

Escuela was famous for his spoof of the Latin players of the time, who did not speak much English. His famous quote "baseball been berry- berry good to me" began the previous year on SNL's weekend update.

Bill Murray & Ed Kranepool

It was said during the mock 1979 Spring Training interview, that Chico who was a nine time All Star second baseman, had given up his job at the Weekend Update Sports desk to make a comeback with the Mets at age 41. 

Chico had fictionally written a tell all baseball book; "Bad Stuff About the Mets" which ticked off some of the Mets Players.

In good fun, many Mets players are seen in the locker room greeting Chico Escuela at his locker. 

Short time Met & veteran pitcher Nellie Briles who did not make the club out of Spring Training was interviewed about the fake book, as was Steve Henderson who said, "As far as I am concerned Chico can pack his bags now.
Bruce Boisclair Chico Escuela & Ed Kranepool

Ed Kranepool does the biggest interview with Murray, after he grabs a throw away from Chico and turns his back on him. In the book Escuela claimed Kranepool borrowed his soap & never gave it back. 

He also said Tom Seaver took up two parking spaces, to which Kranepool says, not true.

It was a funny segment that was aired on Saturday Night Live on April 4th, 1979. Other Mets visible in the clip are Joel Youngblood, Bruce Boisclair, Dan Norman, Pat Zachary & pitching coach Rube Walker.

"baseball been berry-berry good... to me"


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