The Bad Guys Won: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform--and Maybe the Best

The Bad Guys Won: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform--and Maybe the Best

by Jeff Pearlman

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Overview

The Bad Guys Won, award-winning Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jeff Pearlman returns to an innocent time when a city worshipped a man named Mookie and the Yankees were the second-best team in New York.

It was 1986, and the New York Mets won 108 regular-season games and the World Series, capturing the hearts (and other assorted body parts) of fans everywhere. But their greatness on the field was nearly eclipsed by how bad they were off it. Led by the indomitable Keith Hernandez and the young dynamic duo of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, along with the gallant Scum Bunch, the Amazin’s left a wide trail of wreckage in their wake—hotel rooms, charter planes, a bar in Houston, and most famously Bill Buckner and the hated Boston Red Sox.

With an unforgettable cast of characters—including Doc, Straw, the Kid, Nails, Mex, and manager Davey Joshson—this “affectionate but critical look at this exciting season” (Publishers Weekly) celebrates the last of baseball’s arrogant, insane, rock-and-roll-and-party-all-night teams, exploring what could have been, what should have been, and what never was.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062097637
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/30/2011
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 155,908
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jeff Pearlman is a columnist for SI.com, a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, and the critically acclaimed author of Boys Will Be Boys, The Bad Guys Won!, and Love Me, Hate Me.

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Bad Guys Won 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
hildr8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very good read. If you love to read about the nitty gritty down in the dirt stuff in sports this is a great read. Pearlmans writing has a good flow to it and his humour and sarcasm is enjoyable. Ball Four by Jim Bouton is the 1st expose' written about baseball and is a classic but this book is again grittier I find more enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really inconsistent from chapter to chapter. The writer appears to change his opinion of the players from one page to the next. He starts off claiming to be a fan, and occasionally this comes through, but most of the time you get the impression he hates them. Indeed, if they are as much scunbags as he indicates, who wouldn't? Plus, the book often seems to be a paean to the Mets' opponents. Since i bought it to read about the M ets, I didn't much appreciate that.
LTBASS More than 1 year ago
As an original Met fan this book is both nostalgic and insightful of that team in 1986. Although I haven't completed it it brings back great memories of those times and being a sports fan in New York. Unfortunately, our town and the sports world lost one of the main ingredients of that team, Gary Carter. A few years ago I had the pleasure to meet him at our health club. This meeting only reinforced what everyone said about him. This pleasant and cordial man will be greatly missed. To ALL baseball fans and especially Met fans, read the book.
Loud_Librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazin' history of the most exciting team in Baseball history, the 1986 Mets. Includes many of the sordid details, recollections, and vintage primary sources that help make the retelling of this story a pleasure for all Mets and baseball fans. It's Metsmerizing!
HvyMetalMG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cocaine, liquor, womanizing, fighting, dead cats - these are the elements that helped the 1986 Mets become one of the best teams in baseball history. Kudos to Billy Buckner as well. This book travels back to the year the Mets won the World Series and takes a look at the cast of characters that made up the Amazing Mets. Must read for any baseball fan. Except Yankee fans. F off.
Tahlil77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was only 9 years old when the Mets won it all in '86, but I remember it well. I've always been a Met fan, from the time I was a baseball fan. Reading this book brought back a lot of childhood memories of watching certain players, and the excitement I felt about the Met teams of the late 1980's. An amazingly entertaining read....one that had me wondering how they were even able to focus and play to such a high level, given their antics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for Mets fans! The author provides a lot of detail of what went on behind the scenes of our beloved Mets, from 1986! After reading this book, 3 films popped in my head right away...."Animal House", "Meatballs", and "Caddyshack"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the stories about the Mets and how the different personalities of the players galvanized to help them win. Not a Mets fan but a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read yrs ago as met fan remember series was12 when it happened
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pretty much garbage. i realize the truth is outrageous and crude in this case, but it is written for the the lowest common denominator of American society. i quit on this one 100 pgs in.
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I could not put this book down. Very fun read for any eighties baseball fan.
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joseph forlizzi More than 1 year ago
Alot of good info
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john inzalaco More than 1 year ago
This looks like a good book.
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