I wonder how my career might have turned out had I played for another team. Quite honestly, I think it might have been easier for me in the major leagues. When you start your career on a bad ballclub, everything is centered around yourself.–However, I was fortunate enough to have played in my hometown: New York. It’s the greatest sports town around. If you can play in New York and have a career here, they remember you for life.
-Ed Kranepool in Total Mets: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the New York Mets’ First Half-Century
Total Mets: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the New York Mets’ First Half-Century by David Ferry is a tell-all account of the New York Mets existence. Just in case you forgot about the gut-wrenching moments that made you sweat out your Shake Shack burger, this fantastic account is here to provide you with detailed documentations of everything New York Mets.
Total Mets is ideal for Mets fans new and old, exploring every imaginable facet of the club’s history. Year-by-year recaps are given as much detail as one would like, with background and interesting stories to supplement. You’ll be reminded of how how miserable Keith Hernandez became once he was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the New York Mets, only to become enamored with the city that he helped earn a championship for in 1986. While the book isa true encyclopedia, the recaps read more as chapters to a story that you’ve known for years and never want to forget. You’ll find yourself flipping through the pages, reminiscing about Donn Clenndenon, Tug McGraw, Tom Seaver with a smile beaming only seconds before being enraged by the “Midnight Massacre”. From the highs of 1969 and 1986 to the dark ages of the mid-late 70s, to the collapses of 2007 and beyond, it’s all here in vivid detail.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of True Mets is the “Player Profiles” section in which Ferry accounts for the players that helped to define the orange and blue culture. Starting with Tommy Agee and concluding with David Wright (You’ll have to forgive him for excluding Jason Bay, quite obviously the most iconic Met of all-time) you’ll find long and detailed accounts of each player’s time with the Mets. Looking to read up on where Jose Reyes ranks amongst other Mets leadoff men? A detailed chart will provide a visual aid to help assist you in realizing how truly special a player he was. Forgot how Rick Reed flirted with pitching a perfect game twice in 1998? That, too, is thoroughly covered.
David Ferry has created a can’t-miss account for Mets fans young and old, fair-weather or die-hard. His enthusiasm for the club pours through with the tremendous effort that he has put forth, and learning that Total Mets is his first book speak testaments to how talented Ferry is. Total Mets is available now in bookstores and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.