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Anybody buy this?

Edgy DC
Sep 14 2005 10:24 AM

The Met in the Mirror?

Twelve pages?

Yancy Street Gang
Sep 14 2005 10:37 AM

It's not a book; it's more like an electronic magazine article. And it's only 49¢, presumably with no shipping.

]Lauren Grodstein Speaks About The Met in the Mirror:
But in 2004, the Boston Red Sox crushed the Yankees, won the World Series, and replaced the Mets in my newly fickle heart.


Maybe we should introduce Lauren to Bret.

Edgy DC
Sep 14 2005 10:38 AM

I just downloaded it to my Yahoo account.

Don't open, don't open, don't open....

Spacemans Bong
Sep 14 2005 11:12 AM

="Yancy Street Gang"]It's not a book; it's more like an electronic magazine article. And it's only 49¢, presumably with no shipping.

]Lauren Grodstein Speaks About The Met in the Mirror:
But in 2004, the Boston Red Sox crushed the Yankees, won the World Series, and replaced the Mets in my newly fickle heart.


Maybe we should introduce Lauren to Bret.

Another fucking bandwagon Red Sox fan.

Go fuck off, Grodstein.

seawolf17
Sep 14 2005 11:13 AM

A bandwagon Red Sox fan? I'm shocked.
/sarcasm mode turned off

sharpie
Sep 14 2005 11:16 AM

I know of her work, she's a novelist who wrote a book called Reproduction is the Flaw of Love.

metirish
Sep 14 2005 11:20 AM

So is it worth downloading for 49 cent, it's not the money just so you know, don't want to be wasting my time..

smg58
Sep 15 2005 12:40 AM

Maybe Bret and Lauren Grodstein are the same person? Has anybody ever seen the two of them in the same room at the same time?

Edgy DC
Sep 24 2005 01:46 PM

My stars, this is an awful awful book --- really an extended frosh essay. I can't get over that she has two real books published. There are at least five better writers on this forum.

It's a cliché-driven account of the Mets as the central prop in her elektra-complex relationship with her dad (opening with her terrible misreading of the Mookie Wilson at-bat in 1986) and her tortured rationalizations behind her defection to the Red Sox. (Could you not enjoy the Red Sox win without turning your back on the Mets? I did.)

How badly raised on sports writing clichés is a woman who describes the situation of Art Howe, terminated by the Mets, but asked to stay on until the end of the season, as "the baseball equivalent of sharing an apartment with your ex-wife"?

What woman would write such an analogy?

She considers Sox-Yankees series a pointless distraction (hadn't even been paying attention), until the Sox pulled back within three games to two. Even then she was pessimistic. Are you reading this? She was one of the last people on the bandwagon. Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore are hardcore Sox fans compared to her.

She starts peppering her prose with cheapshots like this.

Curt Schilling appeared on screen, preparing to throw the first pitch while blood from an ankle injury leaked through his sock. How majestic! And when was the last time anyone bled at Shea besides the fans? ....

Watching a team come from behind, watching a team win in courageous fashion, watching a team humiliate the Yankees: this was all I'd ever wanted in baseball. The Red Sox were loving me now like the Mets hadn't loved me in years.
All that there was to delight in about the Sox are held in contrast to the Mets. Yeah, championship teams are like that you frontrunning runaround cheat. They succeed where other teams fail. But you know what? The Sox (the abstraction, even moreso than the players) don't love you. They don't know you. They have a relationship with millions of supporters who've been with them for decades. The likes of you, claiming a relationship more than you've earned, are a mere nuisance.

You don't deserve the Sox success and you don't deserve the Mets' success. Or even their failures.

Oh, of course she justifies it all by her hatred of the Yankees. But in her thinking, the term "Evil Empire" represents more than the Yankees. She describes her New York residence as living "in the heart of the Evil Empire," as if she's a New Englander in spirit and having the misfortune of spending her whole life in enemy territory among otherwise exclusively loyal subjects.

Laura, honey, New York itself is not the Empire. The Yankees are the Empire, and New York is a city under occupation. We are the underground and we don't miss you at all.

Can you guess how it ends? I bet you can.

Rockin' Doc
Sep 24 2005 02:40 PM

Sounds like a total waste of 49 cents.

The one bad aspect of success by a franchise, is the number of bandwagon fans that arrive as soon as the team becomes a winner. Such fans are an insult to the millions of true fans that supported the team (in this case the Red Sox) through the many lean years.

Edgy DC
Sep 24 2005 02:52 PM

Yeah, but their money helps.

G-Fafif
Sep 24 2005 03:48 PM

Sounds awful. I'd rather spend the 49 cents (plus a penny) on the Daily News so I can read about where Derek Jeter bought his latest pair of shoes.

This puts me in mind of Doris Kearns Goodwin, who developed a lucrative (or at least highly noticed) sideline as go-to Red Sox fan for the literati. She grew up in Rockville Centre, loved the Dodgers, they left town, she was abandoned, she went to school in Cambridge and, in the midst of the 1967 pennant race, found a second love in Boston.

Why weren't the Mets an option? In her memoir "Wait 'Til Next Year," she mentions in passing that her father became a Mets fan. You're too good for this, Doris? Or was it that the Dodgers were in the World Series every year and you couldn't lower yourself to the expansion Mets and couldn't "care" about baseball until a World Series was in sight?

The Mets-Red Sox alliance (save for a week or two 19 years ago and the occasional interleague cameo) is a strong one. But why an actual Mets fan would go all the way over the 37-foot-wall is beyond me. I understand October crushes. I developed one on the Angels in 2002. It's even lingered slightly in the A.L. realm. Yet when the Mets went to Anaheim in June 2003, that was irrelevant. The Angels were just another opponent to me, even if I couldn't remember the last time any monkey rallied at Shea besides the fans.

ScarletKnight41
Sep 24 2005 04:03 PM

I hear you Greg. The A's have been my AL team since 2001. But it hurt like hell watching Bobby Crosby make a good play against the Mets this season.