Amazin' Again: How the 2015 New York Mets Brought the Magic Back to Queens

Amazin' Again: How the 2015 New York Mets Brought the Magic Back to Queens

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Overview

They were coming off a seemingly endless string of losing records. They were considered years away from legitimate contention. They were derided and disregarded as a matter of course. But in 2015 the New York Mets changed their course and changed their story. The result was the best kind of amazin’. Against all expectations, these Mets surged from the starting gate, hung tough when adversity threatened to overwhelm their budding chances, and fortified themselves for a stretch drive few could have foreseen. In short order, they proceeded to capture a division title, raise a pennant, and lay claim to the heart of their city.
With an unforgettable cast of characters including Matt Harvey, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, and Daniel Murphy, the tale of the 2015 National League champion New York Mets is told for the ages in Amazin’ Again. Author Greg Prince—cocreator of Faith and Fear in Flushing, the blog that has distilled the heart and soul of Mets fandom for more than a decade—traces the trajectory of this championship season, from its roots in a long-ago amateur draft to its climax within the cauldron of Citi Field’s first World Series. In between, Prince re-creates the emotions of a year that culminated in the Mets making New York their kind of town once again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613219454
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 386,600
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Greg Prince is cocreator of the blog Faith and Fear in Flushing, the daily destination for “Mets fans who like to read” since 2005. His memoir of the same name—“an intense personal history of the New York Mets”—was published by Skyhorse in 2009 and continues to generate a passionate response among those who bleed orange and blue. He has written about baseball for the New York Times, Huffington Post, Yahoo! Sports, and ESPN.com; served as a consultant to the film The Last Play at Shea; and helped organize the New York Mets 50th Anniversary conference at Hofstra University. He lives in Baldwin, New York.

Howie Rose has been a Mets broadcaster since 1987. He is also the television voice of the New York Islanders and previously broadcast games for the New York Rangers. He lives in Roslyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword Howie Rose ix

Here We Go 1

Our Pronoun of Choice 3

How we Got Here 7

An Era Unwittingly Ends 9

The Spirit of '67 12

Wright Here, Wright Still 17

Success Has Two Daddies 20

How we Got Going 25

Hope Springs Fitfully 27

Opening Days 30

This Felt Different 34

How we Got Stuck 39

What's Spinal Stenosis? 41

The Pitchers Do It All 45

Local Boymakes Impression 48

Mild Card Contenders 54

How we Got Going Again 59

Western Swing 61

Three Mets & a Break 66

A Marathon, Not a Sprint 70

The Scheme of Things 78

How we Got Transformed 81

New Faces of 2015 83

Huh? 87

Someone for the Rest of Us 97

How We Got Rolling 101

Once in a Blue Moon 103

Look Who's No. 1 109

Out of thin Air 113

All Spine, No Stenosis 117

How We Got to the Playoffs 125

Surprises 127

The Sound of One Team Racing 132

Inching Toward Clinching 139

Our Team, Our Time 142

Setting the Stage 150

How we Got Past La 155

Animal Planet 157

Slide into Madness 164

Echoes of Shea 168

Better Met than Never 172

How We Got Ourselves a Pennant 179

The Greatest Show on Murph 181

Broom With a View 185

Long May It Wave 190

How we Got (Only) So Far 195

No Other 197

A Royal Pain 200

Unprecedented 209

Acknowledgments 212

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