Archive for December, 2010

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Lee, Halladay, Hamels, Oswalt.

That may be the best pitching staff I’ve ever seen.

Better than Gooden, Darling, Ojeda, Fernandez

Better than Seaver, Koosman, Gentry, and Ryan (at that point in time)

Probably better than Cuellar, Palmer, McNally, and Phoebus.

Possibly as good as Koufax, Drysdale, Osteen, and Podres.

We’re in trouble. 

There are omens.

Think of it.  Lee Oswalt, a pitcher who last pitched in Dallas, with the other two pitchers on the staff having names beginning with Ha. 

That’s freaky.  Seriously.  And how freaky is it that we can’t even celebrate the fact that he didn’t go to the Yankees?

Mets fans are afraid.  I’m not.  Sometimes I remind myself of Mr. Bean.  Virtually nothing upsets me.  I’m always ready to enjoy my show, as long as I have my teddy bear and my sleeping cap.

Look at it this way.  The pressures off.  The Phillies can only do worse than what we expect.  The Mets can only do better.

They’re awfully good, the Phillies.  But they’re very old.  And for once, we are not.  I like watching young guys develop.  I like hoping for the old guys on the other team to crack.

Nobody knows what will happen.  Sandy Alderson admits that.  We all know that.  I love it like this.

We can’t count on a winning season of course.  But we are at an interesting moment in the life of the Mets.  It hardly gets more interesting.  Am I going to go to Citi Field next year?  You bet.  It will be a year for the die-hards, a year for people who measure their lives by this stuff.  People who aren’t interested in baseball unless the Mets win can stay home.  Who needs them?

 I’m not really afraid.  I’m interested.

Get on the Mailing List for the Mets’ Fiftieth Anniversary Conference at Hofstra

Monday, December 6th, 2010

We who are organizing the Fiftieth Anniversary of the New York Mets Conference at Hofstra University expect to be sending out a Save the Dates announcement and a Call for Papers Announcement in the next few months.    Other correspondence will follow in the course of 2011.  The Conference will be held on April 26, 27, and 28 in 2012 and it will be open to the public.   We are currently assembling mailing lists for the conference.  If you would like to receive our announcements, please e-mail me at  If you’d like to receive the announcements only by snail mail, please give me your name and address.  If you’d only like to receive our announcements by e-mail, please give me your name and e-mail address.  If you’d like to receive our announcements by snail mail and by e-mail, please give me both your snail mail  and your e-mail addresses.

Four announcements:

1)  Billy Joel’s film, The Last Play at Shea, will be released on DVD on February 8.  Here is my review of the film, and here is my account of its premier at Citi Field. 

2)  Here is a recent interview I did with Rich Ackerman of WFAN at the wonderful series of author’s events at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Manhattan.

3)  If you are interested in my holiday special offer, where you can get or give discounted and inscribed copies of either or both of my books, The Last Days of Shea and Mets Fan, please see the blog entry directly below.

4)  You can now buy my first Mets book, Mets Fan, in digital form, readable on any machine with a browser and on I-Pads and most other digital book readers, for only $9.99.  Click here to check it out.   But then I can’t sign it for you.  If you want to give the digital book as a gift, I am willing to send a dedicatory e-mail, if you ask me to at