Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets

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The New York Mets fan is an Amazin’ creature whose species finds its voice at last in Greg W. Prince’s Faith and Fear in Flushing, the definitive account of what it means to root for and live through the machinations of an endlessly fascinating if often frustrating baseball team.

Prince, co-author of the highly regarded blog of the same name, examines how the life of the franchise mirrors the life of its fans, particularly his own. Unabashedly and unapologetically, Prince stands...

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Overview

The New York Mets fan is an Amazin’ creature whose species finds its voice at last in Greg W. Prince’s Faith and Fear in Flushing, the definitive account of what it means to root for and live through the machinations of an endlessly fascinating if often frustrating baseball team.

Prince, co-author of the highly regarded blog of the same name, examines how the life of the franchise mirrors the life of its fans, particularly his own. Unabashedly and unapologetically, Prince stands up for all Mets fans and, by proxy, sports fans everywhere in exploring how we root, why we take it so seriously, and what it all means.

What was it like to enter a baseball world about to be ruled by the Mets in 1969? To understand intrinsically that You Gotta Believe? To overcome the trade of an idol and the dissolution of a roster? To hope hard for a comeback and then receive it in thrilling fashion in 1986? To experience the constant ups and downs the Mets would dispense for the next two decades? To put ups with the Yankees right next door? To make the psychic journey from Shea Stadium to Citi Field? To sort the myths from the realities? Greg Prince, as he has done for thousands of loyal Faith and Fear in Flushing readers daily since 2005, puts it all in perspective as only he can.

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Baseball Digest
“If you love a Mets fan, like a Mets fan or just know a Mets fan, buy them this book. They will cherish it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616080464
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/5/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 345,605
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg W. Prince is the co-author (along with Jason Fry) of the popular Mets blog Faith and Fear in Flushing and a professional writer, editor, and communications consultant whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Online Edition and on SportsNet New York and mlb.com. Faith and Fear in Flushing is his first book. He lives in Baldwin, New York, with his wife, Stephanie, their two cats, and enough Mets gear and memorabilia to furnish Citi Field.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Jason Fry vii

1 Endings Happy and Otherwise 1

2 Taking It Personally 13

3 Life Begins at Contention 23

4 Talk About Your Childhood Wishes 35

5 Believe It or Else 43

6 Repressed Memory 49

7 The Mediocrity Lap 61

8 I Accept Your Resignation 67

9 A Very Mazzilli Thanksgiving 77

10 Like Magic 87

11 Wired 93

12 Adult Education 101

13 We Did It, That's It 113

14 Sure 127

15 Ascent to Ascendancy 139

16 The Bridge 145

17 Don't Blame Scioscia 151

18 Comeback Player of the Decade 159

19 What Kind of Person? 173

20 Welcome Home 181

21 Virtual Reality and Rico Brogna 187

22 Pride (In The Name of Mets) 193

23 The Fun Police 201

24 199.9 Ways to the 1999 Playoffs 207

25 Mojo Rises, Mojo Falls 233

26 The Nine-Ten Years 245

27 Beauty, Pain, Joy 253

28 To the Track, at the Wall... 263

29 It's Outta Here 269

Afterword: From Greer to Eternity with Gary Cohen 287

Epilogue 300

Acknowledgments 305

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    For the fans, of the fans, and by a fan

    Allow me to preface the lavish praise I will give this book with a warning: I am the targeted demographic for this book—a genuine, true-blue (and orange), diehard, lifelong, dedicated, unwavering Mets fan. Now that that’s out of the way: WOW. Greg Prince has written the definitive book for Met fans. He has managed to capture, in his inimitably honest and perceptive manner, the sadness and joy (mostly sadness) of being a Mets fan. I lived through every moment he describes in this book (not quite as immediately as he did (the guy goes to A LOT of Mets games), and, like the author, much of my personal life is inextricably intertwined with memories of the Mets. If you’re not a Mets fan, pass this one up—or give it as a gift to any real Mets fan you know. If you’re a genuine fan, treat yourself to a book that will bring you more joy than most Mets games this season probably will. Mr. Prince, you’ve been added to my roster of great Mets fans, and I’m proud to call you a teammate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Great book

    I purchased this book for Christmas for my husband. He's not a big reader, but he loved this book.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Faith and Fear in Flushing: Baseball's Answer to Fever Pitch

    Greg Prince's Faith and Fear in Flushing: an intense personal history of the New York Mets is a must-read for any Mets fan you may know. Not unlike Nick Hornby's book Fever Pitch, Prince writes passionately about his unabashed love of his favorite sports team in a way that is remarkable yet relatable. Mets fans will live and die with Prince's descriptions of pivotal games in Mets history. But just as Hornby created worldwide awareness of Arsenal (his favorite football/soccer team), Prince's love of the Mets is infectious - anyone who has ever shouted, "Go Team!" at any point in his or her life will appreciate just how Prince lives and dies with the Mets' fortunes.

    Faith and Fear in Flushing also features as an afterword an entertaining conversation between the author and Mets announcer Gary Cohen.

    As an added bonus, Faith and Fear in Flushing features several photographs that were taken by David G. Whitham. Whitham's own passion for the Mets and for Shea Stadium are evident in the gorgeous images within the book and on its back cover.

    If you are a Mets fan, buy this book. If you know a Mets fan, buy this book. And if you have ever given your heart over to a hobby with passion and dedication, buy this book.

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