TABLE OF CONTENTS
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METS FAN (how and why I
became and remain a Mets
FOR SHEA (a eulogy for the
stadium I love)
MEET THE METS
LET'S GO METS!
THE METS LOGO
YANKEE HATRED (why it is
an indispensable part of
being a Mets fan)
MY FIRST GAME
(in 1963, the last weekend
game ever played at the
THE METS IN THE SIXTIES
MEETING A MET
(About the time I met Tom
1986: THE BAD GUYS WON?
THE MOST EXCITING METS
(The Sixth Game of the 1986
NLCS against Houston.)
MARRYING THE RED SOX
(Watching the Sixth Game of
the 1986 World Series with
my wife, a Red Sox fan ...)
THE END OF THE EIGHTIES
THE EARLY NINETIES
THE METS AND "SEINFELD"
THE SECOND MOST
EXCITING METS GAME EVER
(The Fifth Game of the 1999
NLCS against Atlanta.)
THE METS AND
THE METS AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE
DORIS FROM REGO PARK
GOING TO A GAME WITH
THE CROWD AT SHEA
THE HOME RUN APPLE
THE GUYS WHO WIPE THE
THE METS IN QUEENS
INSIDE BOB MURPHY'S
LISTENING TO MIKE AND
THE MAD DOG AS A METS
2006: GETTING AHEAD
2006: LATE SUMMER BLUES
2006: THE CLINCHING
2006: THE HOUR OF THE
GOING TO A PLAYOFF
GAME: GAME 2 OF THE
GOING TO A PLAYOFF
GAME 6 OF THE NLCS
THE END OF THE 2006
THE POINT OF BASEBALL
BASEBALL AND THE LIFE
OF THE MIND: MEMORIES
OF BART GIAMATTI
WHY DO WE DO THIS TO
METS FANS ARE GEEKS:
THE RETURN OF BASEBALL
CEREMONIES FOR CITIFIELD
THE METS IN THE FUTURE
|My name is Dana Brand and I've written
a book called Mets Fan.
My book is for all of us.
I write about why we are Mets fans and why we
are not Yankee fans.
I write about what the players mean to us.
I write about the good years and the bad years.
I write about what we feel when we
go to Citifield, and see Mr. Met, when we
see our logo, sing our song, or cheer for
I write about what we feel when we bring our kids
game. Or when we watch the most important
games in Mets history with the people we love.
I write about what the Mets are in our lives, about
how beautiful baseball is and how wonderful,
exciting, sad, and horrible it can be.
I am a Professor of English and American
Literature at Hofstra University. I got my Ph.D.
from Yale where I studied with A. Bartlett
Giamatti, with whom I often discussed baseball.
Don’t worry. I’m not going to compare Jerry
Manuel to Captain Ahab.
But I want to offer you and other Mets fans the
kind of book about the Mets you deserve.
You deserve something better than the dopey
books that get thrown together
for people who can’t think of what to
buy somebody for Father’s Day.
You deserve a book that's well-written and funny.
My book has 81 short pieces about different
aspects of being a Mets fan.
It explains what it is actually like to bleed blue and
You will understand me and I hope that fans of all
baseball teams will be able to understand what I
am writing about.
Please take a look at my sample pieces and please
take a look at the table of contents to the right. If
you'd like to know about my media appearances,
readings, book signings, etc. please keep checking
back here, or put your e-mail address on my
For a while, I had a guestbook, but I had to close it
because of spambots. If you want to see what
people said about my sample pieces before I had
to close up, please check out my guestbook
Enjoy. Thank you for visiting my site. Please tell
your friends about it. And LETS GO METS!
Although there are very few
good Mets books and no
good books about being a
Mets fan, there are actually
quite a few smart,
informative, and literate Mets
blogs and forums. Here are a
few I particularly recommend.
Archie Bunker's Army
Brooklyn Met Fan
The Crane Pool Forum
Do Me Wright
The Eddie Kranepool Society
Faith and Fear in Flushing
Grand Slam Single
It's Mets for Me
Lone Star Mets
Mathematically Alive: A
Documentary Film about Mets
Mets By the Numbers
Mets Fan Walk
Mets Merized Online
Mets Walkoffs and Other
My Summer Family
New York Baseball Online
New York Mets Clubhouse
New York Mets Journal
Optimistic Mets Fan
Pick Me Up Some Mets!
Save the Apple
Seven Train to Shea
Surfing the Mets
Take the 7 Train
Ultimate Met Database
The Very Unofficial New York
Mets Fan Web Site
You Can't Script Baseball
Click here to order from Amazon:
Or click here to order it
from Google E-Books
for the low, low price of
To read about the 9/23/07 book launch party for
METS FAN at Mo Pitkin's in Greenwich Village,
To read my review of Mathematically Alive, the
great, new award-winning documentary about
Mets fans, click here.
on the last game at Shea
9/28/08 Interview on Seven Train to Shea on the
last game at Shea
7/10/08 Interview on The Locker Room with
Kevin Williams, 1160-AM Fox Sports Radio
6/4/08 Interview on New York Baseball Digest
about the Mets in the '70s and honoring the Mets
4/2/08 VIDEO of my reading at the Chappaqua
Library in Westchester
3/31/08 Opening Day interview with Mike Silva
on Gotham Baseball Live
2/2/08 Blog Talk Radio's Seven Train to Shea
1/8/08 Hot Stove Chat at The Happy Recap
1/5/08 interview at Mets Net Radio
1/1/08 A New Year's retrospective of my 2007
interviews with Mike Silva at Gotham Baseball
11/4/2007 interview with Mike Silva and live
reading of METS FAN from Hofstra University
8/22/07 MetsBlog podcast interview with Matt
Cerrone and Anthony DeRosa
|You can e-mail me at email@example.com. I'd be
happy to come and speak at your library, school, bookstore,
or organization, and of course I'd be happy to be on your
show or podcast. Scroll down to find links to some of my
radio appearances. Click here to read about all past and
future METS FAN events and appearances.
And click here to see an online video of my talk and reading
at the Chappaqua Library.
|Listen to the original long version of "Meet the Mets"
|The story of METS FAN
began On August 28, 2005,
when I published a column
in Newsday entitled "If You
Prick A Mets Fan, He
Bleeds Blue and Orange."
The column was an
enormous hit with Mets
fans and was posted on
over 20 Mets blogs and
linked to by many
publications. Its success
convinced me that the
world was ready for an
ENTIRE BOOK about being
a Mets fan.
|THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE NEW YORK METS:
A Conference at Hofstra University
Chaired by Professors Dana Brand and Richard Puerzer
Stay tuned for details
JUST RELEASED! My new book:
THE LAST DAYS OF SHEA:
DELIGHT AND DESPAIR IN THE LIFE OF
A METS FAN
To Honor the 40th
Anniversary of the
Greatest Baseball Miracle
of All Time, please enjoy
this essay from Mets
|The Citi Field Bookshelf
Mets fans are literate people and they don't have enough good books to read. To do
what I can to encourage good books about the Mets, I'm going to be listing links to
what I think are good recent books about the Mets. The links are to websites, but I will
eventually put up reviews as well. I will rename this feature as soon as I learn that they
will be selling Mets books at Citi Field. The books are listed alphabetically by author.
|Order THE LAST DAYS