By Mike Steffanos
One of the things I have enjoyed doing the most since I started blogging is reviewing books and DVDs that are Mets and baseball related.
I have always felt a responsibility to put a sincere effort into these reviews. Although in most cases I have received the book or DVD as a free review copy from the publisher, and have yet to review an item that had no redeeming features, I feel a sense of responsibility to both the author and potential consumer to produce a careful, detailed and honest review.
Unfortunately, over the past couple of seasons other responsibilities have consumed much of my time, and it's harder to do the job I wish to do in these reviews. As a result, as the season approaches its final week I find myself with three excellent books and a deserving DVD set that I have already read (or watched), can heartily recommend to my audience, but have yet to find the time to do a full review. It's likely full reviews will have to wait until after the season.
I've decided that I will write a short review on each item for now. As I said, I sincerely enjoyed all three books and the DVDs. These mini reviews will come out in the following order over the next couple of weeks:
- Book: Mets By The Numbers
By Jon Springer, Matthew Silverman
The web site has long been one of my absolute favorites on the internet. The book is easily in the top ten best Mets books I have read. A literal must-have for Mets fans.
- DVD Set: The New York Mets Essential Games Of Shea Stadium
from A&E Home Video
It's impossible to represent more than four decades of Mets baseball with 6 games, but I would only quibble with one of the choices on this set. Beautifully packaged, too.
- Book: What If the Babe Had Kept His Red Sox?
And Other Fascinating Alternate Histories from the World of Sports
by Bill Gutman
Sure to inspire arguements, but that's half the fun.
- Book: Meet the Mets 2008
An Annual Guide to New York Mets Baseball
Edited by Matthew Silverman and Greg Spira
More literate than your average annual, I hope this series continues. Features contributions from some of your favorite bloggers (no, not me).