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March 14, 2010

Book Review: Faith and Fear in Flushing

Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets By Greg W. Prince Hardcover, 320 pages, Skyhorse Publishing I'm going to start off this review with a disclaimer. Thanks to a Federal Trade Commission rule that went into effect in December, I'm supposed to inform...

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March 30, 2009

Book Review: Maple Street Press Mets Annual 2009

Maple Street Press Mets Annual 2009 Edited by Matthew Silverman and Greg Spira Softcover, 128 pages, Maple Street Press A problem with most sports annuals is they try to cover everything and wind up doing a poor job of previewing anyone. Another problem is that these team previews are often...

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October 11, 2008

Mini Book Review: Mets by the Numbers

Mets by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Amazin' Mets by Uniform Number Authors: Jon Springer and Matthew Silverman Paperback, 304 pages, Skyhorse Publishing I always try to be objective when I'm reviewing a book or a DVD. It occurs to me that someone might purchase them based...

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September 20, 2008

Mini Reviews

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...

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April 20, 2008

Book Review: 101 Reasons to Love the Mets

101 Reasons to Love the Mets Author: David Green Hardcover, 120 pages, Stewart, Tabori & Chang David Green's 101 Reasons to Love the Mets is the latest in a series of books the author has written. Previous volumes in the series offered the same 101 reasons to love the Red...

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March 29, 2008

Book Review: The Knuckleball From Hell

The Knuckleball From Hell Author: Michael Wayne Paperback, 288 pages, iThink Books This book is the first fiction book I have reviewed for this web site. While much of the baseball fiction that is written tends to be formulaic, that's not a label you can stick on Michael Wayne's novel....

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March 1, 2008

Book Review: Mets Fan

Mets Fan Author: Dana Brand Paperback, 212 pages, McFarland In one of the many things that didn't get done during the hectic last year of my life, I really regret that it took so long to write this review. I mentioned on several occasions how much I enjoyed the book,...

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February 24, 2008

Book Review: Banned in the Bronx

Banned in the Bronx: The Yankee Hater Memoirs: 1953-2005 Author: Gene Hutmaker Paperback, 404 pages, Virtualbookworm.com Publishing I have to admit, when I received an e-mail from the author of this book, I didn't know quite what to make of it: My name is Gene Hutmaker and I am the...

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December 9, 2006

Book Review: The Best New York Sports Arguments

The Best New York Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die-Hard New York Fans Author: Peter Handrinos Paperback, 272 pages, Sourcebooks, Inc. I've always loved books, so it was a natural for me to start reviewing them on this blog. At first it was fairly straightforward, I...

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November 3, 2006

DVD Review: NY Mets Vintage World Series Films DVD

New York Mets Vintage World Series Films DVD 1969 & 1986 World Series Highlight Films 1 DVD / 75 Minutes A&E Home Video This past spring I reviewed the terrific 9-DVD boxed set of the 1986 World Series, which is certainly a must-have for any New York Mets fan. That...

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Book Review: The Great New York Sports Debate

The Great New York Sports Debate: Two New York Sportswriters Go Head-to-Head on the 50 Most Heated Questions Authors: Roger Rubin and David Lennon Paperback, 304 pages, Plume When it comes to sports, those of us in the New York area are both knowledgeable and deeply opinionated. Unlike fans in...

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October 25, 2006

Book Review: Little League, Big Dreams

Little League, Big Dreams Inside the Hope, The Hype, and the Glory of the Greatest World Series Ever Played Author: Charles Euchner Hardcover, 320 pages, Sourcebooks, Inc. The first book that I reviewed on this site was Charles Euchner's excellent The Last Nine Innings, which used the seventh game of...

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May 19, 2006

Retro Review: The Bad Guys Won!

A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo-chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, The Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform--and Maybe the Best In this, the twentieth anniversary season of the last Mets World Championship, it...

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April 20, 2006

Review: Baseball Between the Numbers

I need to start this review with a disclaimer. I am not someone who has a long background in statistical analysis of baseball. I became a fan long before sabermetrics became a part of the lexicon of baseball. If you are someone that is fairly advanced in your understanding and...

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April 8, 2006

Review: New York Mets 1986 World Series DVD Set

Collector's Edition 9-Disk DVD Set As soon as I heard they were coming out with this set I put in a pre-order on it at Amazon.com. The day that it arrived in the mail a little over a week ago, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. Although I...

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March 24, 2006

Review: Pedro, Carlos, and Omar

A number of years ago I decided to go on a short solo back-packing trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I got a ride up there from Jeanne, my girlfriend at the time, and her dad Martin. He was good guy -- a great big bear of a...

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March 22, 2006

Review: The Last Nine Innings

Recently I was contacted by the publisher of the book The Last Nine innings and offered a comp. copy in the hopes of a review or mention on my website. The publicist's idea to use baseball bloggers to generate some buzz for the book was a pretty smart idea. I've...

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