Being a huge baseball fan and having followed the Mets since the mid-1960's, I was glad to get an advance copy of this book. "Best Mets" is not the normal fare in that the first 24 pages has a summary of the Mets' 50-year history and a series of lists, including best players, teams, games and activities (bars to go to, road trips, etc.).
But having read the book, I would have preferred a much more detailed history of the team and a lot fewer of the lists. Some of the greatest moments (the black cat by Ron Santo, the 10th inning of Game 6 against the Red Sox) are not even mentioned in the history and Game 6 of the '86 Series only got one paragraph in the Mets greatest games list.
The 50 All-Time Mets listing was like the count-down on one of those MLB shows where they give you a list of the 50 greatest catches or 50 greatest games. Arguing about who was better between Tom Seaver and Doc Gooden is like trying to compare Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider: interesting for about a second but not too controversial.
The list of the best Met Games ever was all postseason games. Surely the writer could have done some research and come up with some regular season games. How about the game where the Mets beat the Cardinals to win their first postseason berth ever? What about Mike Piazza's dramatic home run (note, it did get about two sentences in the history portion) against the Braves that lifted the city after 9/11? What about the drama of the Mets wearing the caps of the NYPD and NYFD at the game?
The book just touches on some of my fondest baseball memories of the Mets, but I wish that there was a lot more depth to this book and a little bit more research done by the writer.
AHP Rating: I barely gave this book 2 Balls.
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