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The Worst Team Money Could Buy Paperback – March 1, 2005
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"Exquistie Pain might be an alternate title chosen by long-suffering Mets fans who relive the disastrous 1992 season in this acute, lively, funny, infuriating and well-written book."-Daniel R. Bronson, Sports Literature Association (Daniel R. Bronson Sports Literature Association ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My thoughts, naturally, turn to this book.
At the end of the abyssmal 1992 season for the New York Mets, Bob Klapisch and John Harper--beat writers for the NY Post and NY Daily News--felt the need to rant, to give the fans the necessary information to answer the question "how could this have happened?" The highest payrolled team in the history of baseball, the team that made Bobby Bonilla the highest paid player ever, finished with the third lowest record in the National League. I mean, we had David Cone, Dwight Gooden and Sid Fernandez in our starting rotation! We got Bobby Bonilla to replace Darryl Strawberry! That ring should have been ours!
Any Met fan reading the above knows what happened on the surface (and what continued to happen in 1993 and --UCK-- 1994), but the deeper story is nastier still.
This book lifts the rock on the Mets and what is crawling underneath is not pretty. The egos alone are ridiculous, but throw in the infighting, the firecrackers, the rape accusations, the press lockouts, and the non-stop party attitude that looks from here like Animal House without the humor.
You've got to feel sorry for Jeff Torborg and Buddy Harrelson, who didn't have a chance with this pack. As you'll see, though, the owner and General Managers also get their due.
NOW I want to see the 2002 edition of this book. This book proved to me that there is tons of stuff that go on behind the scenes. What happened in 2002?Read more ›
Well, unfortunately for the Metropolitans, history had other ideas. Although the Mets had some strong years following the ’86 triumph, they never captured their original magic of that one season. By the time the early 1990s arrived, the team was embarrassingly awful. That’s not to suggest that the owners didn’t try to revamp the team. The executives figured that since their coffers were larger than most, they could simply go out and “buy” a team of superstars to wear the blue and orange and bring back the magic, which is exactly what they did before the 1992 season began. The Mets of 1992 may have been the best team in baseball on paper. The problem was, on the baseball diamond, they stunk.
This book mainly chronicles the 1992 season, yet slowly sutures the teams fall from their championship season six short years ago. The authors, Bob Klapisch and John Harper were actually beat writers from two of the major New York papers, so no one really had better access to the goings ons both on and off the field.
Oh, the drama! There are rape investigations, drugs, press boycotts, sex, drugs, team mates fighting during team pictures, assault charges, and more drugs. Add a lot of injuries to some star players, along with a bunch of guys who simply don’t have the chemistry, and you have one miserable season.Read more ›
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Beat writers are actually among the best sources for what really happens in the closed-door fraternity of professional sports. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brad Balukjian
Good but painful story for long suffering Met fans that was a little too short.Published 10 months ago by Harry Angel
As a die hard Yankee fan, it's always fun to see the Mets get kicked when it's down, even if it was a long time ago.Published 10 months ago by Samuel J. Thomas
If you want to pull back the curtain on a circus that was the early 90's Mets, this is it.Published on April 2, 2013 by DeeDubb
I've been a Mets fan since 1976. I've read many Mets books written by players on how great things are when they win and I wanted another perspective on what happens when things go... Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by Chris K.
While this book covered the era of the early 1990s and the destruction of what it took to win the 1986 World Series and the 1988 National League East championship, every single man... Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Sharklady
Another book portraying Gregg Jefferies as a prima donna. Jefferies was such a pain in the butt that he'd have his bats shipped separately from the other players bats. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by Brian Ward
It's nice to read a book by two people who were right there, up close to the team. The descriptions of the personalities, situations, and events are so vivid. Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This read is terrific at giving an insider's account of a baseball season. Klapisch and Harper show not only what it is like to work as sports writers but also what it is like to... Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by J. Smallridge