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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616080469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616080464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If you love a Mets fan, like a Mets fan or just know a Mets fan, buy them this book. They will cherish it.” (Baseball Digest)

About the Author

Greg W. Prince is the co-author (along with Jason Fry) of the popular Mets blog Faith and Fear in Flushing and a professional writer, editor, and communications consultant whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Online Edition and on SportsNet New York and mlb.com. Faith and Fear in Flushing is his first book. He lives in Baldwin, New York, with his wife, Stephanie, their two cats, and enough Mets gear and memorabilia to furnish Citi Field.

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Greg Prince captures what it is truly like to be a Mets fan.
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As a baseball historian who happens to be a St Louis Cardinals fan, this is a nice look into one of baseball's most colorful franchises; the good old New York Mets.
Larry Underwood
If you would be at least a decade younger if time stood still for every moment you were watching, listening to, or reading about the NY Mets, BUY THIS BOOK.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on March 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Greg Prince's Faith and Fear in Flushing: an intense personal history of the New York Mets is a must-read for any Mets fan you may know. Not unlike Nick Hornby's book Fever Pitch, Prince writes passionately about his unabashed love of his favorite sports team in a way that is remarkable yet relatable. Mets fans will live and die with Prince's descriptions of pivotal games in Mets history. But just as Hornby created worldwide awareness of Arsenal (his favorite football/soccer team), Prince's love of the Mets is infectious - anyone who has ever shouted, "Go Team!" at any point in his or her life will appreciate just how Prince lives and dies with the Mets' fortunes.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Federovitch on March 17, 2009
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Years ago, Joel Oppenheimer penned a personal diary on a Mets season gone awry entitled ''The Wrong Season.'' It was a mini-classic interweaving humorous anecdotes with the exasperation of rooting for an endearing near-miss baseball club (the 1972 Mets). Greg Prince has taken Oppenheimer's season and gone one better in this tour de force on Met fandom, examining 40 years of mostly exasperation in Flushing, not through the eyes of the team, players, the media or owners ... but through that of a diehard fan.
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Munn on March 21, 2009
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I have been laughing and crying at Greg Prince's on line musings for several years now. He must be channeling my blue-and-orange-dyed soul. Greg puts into words what real Mets fans feel down deep in their bones; even if they have never put these thoughts and emotions into actual words, they will be reading them on the pages of FAFIF. This wonderful collection of essays is an autobiographical study of a fan's love affair with a baseball team that can be a sometimes teasing, sometimes tantalizing, and ofttimes downright cruel and nasty mistress. No matter what the outcome, you are left aching for more. Can you relate to the term Mets-oholic. If you can relate my words, BUY THIS BOOK. If you have bookmarked every NYC newspapers' website Mets team page on your internet browser, BUY THIS BOOK. If you would be at least a decade younger if time stood still for every moment you were watching, listening to, or reading about the NY Mets, BUY THIS BOOK. If you secretly flip the bird at every rube you see wearing a Crankees ball cap, BUY THIS BOOK. If you are studying Ericksonian stages of psychological development and want to see their parallel in a fan's relationship with a sports team, BUY THIS BOOK. Heck, if you are doing an anthropological study of idol worship, BUY THIS BOOK!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on June 15, 2009
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As a baseball historian who happens to be a St Louis Cardinals fan, this is a nice look into one of baseball's most colorful franchises; the good old New York Mets. I must confess, the reason I bought the book was I loved the bottom of the cover; no need to elaborate.

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.
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