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Mets Fan Paperback – July 13, 2007
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"subjects range over a wide swath of topics and incidents in the team's history"--The SABR Bulletin; "great baseball writing that will delight Mets fans and everyone who enjoys baseball"--Sports Collectors Digest; "a wonderful read"--Aethlon; "it's the best exploration yet written about what it means to be a Mets fan"--The Jewish Press; "a happy book...a labor of love"--Newsday.com; "this is a book for us. It's a book for Mets fans. It's a book we deserve. It's a book we will absorb through our pores...[Brand] has combined memoir with history and given us a rich tour of the lifetime of a franchise"--Faith and Fear in Flushing.
About the Author
Dana Brand is a professor of English and American literature at Hofstra University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale, where he often talked baseball with A. Bartlett Giamatti, a Yale English professor who would go on to become the Commissioner of Baseball. He is the author of numerous articles about English and American literature, philosophy, and film. He lives in Connecticut.
Top customer reviews
You don't have to be a Mets fan to appreciate "Mets Fan." Anybody who loves baseball will enjoy this gem of a book.
I have read plenty of books covering the Mets: books that take the reader inside the locker room, books that give an A-Z statistical history of the ballclub, trivia books, and and all of the downright goofy ones. Mets Fan is similar to none of these. This book is really one of a kind. Dana Brand shares his personal memories of this team, and if you too are a fan, you will definitely see so much of yourself in them.
I was born in 1978 and I have been a fan of the Mets since 1985. It is fantastic to finally read about 1962-1984 from a pure fan's point of view. The point of this book is not to look up Jerry Koosman's ERA for the 1973 season, it is to see what a fan went through during the 1973 season. This makes for fantastic reading.
From now on, if anyone asks me why I care so much about this team, why I get upset when they lose, why I jump up and down when they win, why it is necessary for me the check the score, I will simply tell them to read this book. Mets Fan explains why were are fans in the first place. It expresses how we Mets Fans feel when we see orange and blue and why we feel that way, it goes deeper into the soul of fans than any book that I have ever read before.
The essays in "Mets Fan" illustrate how that unconditional love manages to permeate every aspect of life and shape us from the time we are children, and for the rest of our lives. The specific events Dana Brand writes about have such powerful emotional significance, that you sometimes forget he is writing about baseball. Regardless of what is omitted, what is included is relatable to fans (and non-fans)on so many levels. This is life with a side order of baseball, and we should be grateful for the opportunity to get a brief glimpse of how meaningful baseball can be, not just in the ballpark, but outside it as well.