By Jessica Goodman
Updated November 03, 2015 at 01:20 PM EST
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Tim McGraw was honored on Saturday night when he threw out the first pitch at Game 4 of the World Series. On the New York Mets home turf, the moment had special meaning for the country star. His father, Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw Jr., was a Mets pitcher from 1965 to 1974.

Tug died in 2004, but left a major Mets legacy when he popularized the slogan “Ya Gotta Believe!” during the team’s 1973 pennant chase.

“We talked a lot about baseball once I got to know him,” Tim McGraw told Rolling Stone of his father, who Tim didn’t have a relationship with until he was a tween. “We called it ‘choir practice’ when we got together; we’d hang around at night with a few Jameson’s and talk about baseball.”

McGraw’s next album Damn Country Music is due out Friday and features single, “Top of the World.”

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