I was thrilled to come home yesterday and see that my copy of Greg Princeâ€™ book â€œFaith And Fear In Flushingâ€ had arrived. As soon as I saw the front cover I knew that this is THE book for Mets fans to add to their library as nothing sums up Mets fandom like the picture of Gary Carter and Ray Knight hugging after Game 6 of the 1986 World Series and the bottom picture of Yadier Molina watching Aaron Heilmanâ€™ pitch in the 9th inning of <reaches for a Kleenex> Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS go out of Shea Stadium. Best of times, worst of times indeed and isnâ€™t that what being a Mets fan is all about?
This book is more about what itâ€™s like to be a Mets fan and how it is that we became a fan of this team. In fact Greg, shows we are more than fans, this team in imbedded in our DNA we are so hooked we couldnâ€™t leave if we wanted to.
My family and friends know how I live and die with the Mets and they get their jollies by asking me â€œWhat team would you root for if the Mets cease to existâ€? Â I usually turn red and start cursing as that is akin to asking which of my two children I love the most. Â As there are no other kids I could ever love like mine and I could never live and die with another team like I do with the Mets.
As far as Iâ€™m concerned this book is a must read for all the younger Mets fans. You guys need to know the history of this organization. You need to see your roots. As much as we all love David Wright and Jose Reyes you need to know about Roy Staiger and Teddy Martinez. As much as you all wear your 31 PIAZZA and 17 HERNANDEZ you have to learn about 31 PARKER (Harry) and MILLAN (Felix) and by reading Faith And Fear In Flushing you will be a better educated Mets fan.
This book is for the REAL Mets fan. The fan who couldnâ€™t wait to attain drinking age to have a cold Rheingold Â or Â open a bank account at Manufacturers Hanover or pick out a car at your NY, NJ Fairfield County Plymouth dealer. The fan who feels that the 7 train is the ultimate stretch limo. The fan who sits in the Upper Deck of Shea and brings his sandwich and can of soda (placed in the freezer the night before and wrapped in tin foil for the ride to Shea) The fan who no matter how bad things are going in there life can smile at the sight of Mr. Met and feel secure that Gary Cohen and Howie Rose are on the job brings us the sights and sounds of Mets baseball. The fan who could sit and listen to Jane Jarvis play the Thomas Organ and for all of us who look to the late great Tug McGraw when things look hopeless and say YA GOTTA BELIEVE! Â Â Â