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Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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Faith and Fear in Flushing also features as an afterword an entertaining conversation between the author and Mets announcer Gary Cohen.
As an added bonus, Faith and Fear in Flushing features several photographs that were taken by David G. Whitham. Whitham's own passion for the Mets and for Shea Stadium are evident in the gorgeous images within the book and on its back cover.
If you are a Mets fan, buy this book. If you know a Mets fan, buy this book. And if you have ever given your heart over to a hobby with passion and dedication, buy this book.
As my beloved Cardinal team of the '60s slowly aged, I went from being mildly amused at the antics of those less than amazin' Mets, to being shocked by their sudden dominace in '69.
By September of that year, the handwriting was on the wall; Cards pitcher Steve Carlton struck out 19 Mets in a single game, but somehow managed to lose it, 4-3, on the strength of two two run home runs by Ron Swoboda. The Cards wouldn't be heard from again until 1982.
In the meantime, when the World Series rolled around, I was pulling for the Mets, but didn't really give them much of a shot of actually winning it against the Amerian League champion, Baltimore Orioles; but of course, win it they did. Four years later, they nearly pulled off the impossible miracle of beating Oakland in the '73 World Series.
This is a team that has a 40 year history of being a never-say-die bunch of scrappy ballplayers, and have had their share of success. The '86 World Series victory over Boston was nothing short of miraculous.
Still, this is a team that has been dogged by ill-fortune at times, and frustrating season ending nightmares; their recent past has been beset by bitter disappointment, but each year they never seem to let the previous year bother them. I like that in a team.
Although I hated the Mets in the mid '80s, I respected them.Read more ›
What won't you find in this non-objective easy-to-read, always-fun rant? Too many stats. This isn't for the SABRmetricians or one looking to put the Mets' 1986 championship run or 2007 collapse in a historical context. Instead we are treated to the parent who admonishes Prince for staying up late to watch the famous Ball on the Wall Game in 1973, the phone call from a buddy announcing that he is leaving Met fandom in 1977 ... and taking two pals with him, the joys and tortures of 1985 culminated in the beating up of a Whitey Herzong likeness.
In short, Prince has not only kept Oppenheimer's flame alive, but given every Mets fan a welcome addition to their library.
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Great book, a must for Mets fans. The FAFIF blog is also highly recommended for all Mets fans.Published 3 months ago by Dude Manbrough
I liked this book. I followed the Mets in the early years and then lapsed. The part of the book that covered the years I followed them was extremely fun reading, being reminded... Read morePublished 19 months ago by The Godfather
Outstanding book. I like how it's written from a fans perspective and not a player or sportswriter. Captured the highs and lows of growing up a Mets fan. Read morePublished 20 months ago by B1960
A truly touching memoir. Although I am seven years behind the author in fandom and dedication to this franchise, I identified with so much of the pain and joy related to being a... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by lenny
I've been a Mets Fan since their first year. I was taking Basic Training at Fort Knox in 1962 and my (then) fiancee - and now wife of 49 1/2 years - would send me the daily Box... Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by new york john
Allow me to preface the lavish praise I will give this book with a warning: I am the targeted demographic for this book--a genuine, true-blue (and orange), diehard, lifelong,... Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by James R. Gilligan
I had originally picked this book up as something fun to read on a plane. Once I sat down in my seat on the plane, I opened this book. Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by Gina Mucciacciaro
This is really two books. The parts about the Mets are really good. I felt the author's pain. But spare me (and us) the other part of the book. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Mathew E. Hoffman