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Mini Reviews

Mike SteffanosSaturday, September 20, 2008
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:

  1. 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.
    Reviewed 10/11/2008

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am grateful for the excellent contributions of my fellow writers here, I have no plans of stepping back into strictly an editorial role. I started this thing in the first place because I love to write and I love the Mets, and blogging here keeps me somewhat sane. If you haven't had enough already, more bio info can be found here.

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