100 Things Mets Fan Should Know and Do Before They Die
Written by: Matthew Silverman
Published By: Triumph Books
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When my brother gave me this book, he was none too thrilled. “It was okay,” he said, “but nothing special.” I decided to check it out, but didn’t have much hope for the book. After all, my brother and I are huge New York Mets fans and if he thought the book wasn’t really anything to brag about, how much did I really think I was going to get out of it? Then again, sometimes we are pleasantly surprised and one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die is actually a part of a series of sports books featuring different teams such as the Dodgers, Rockies, Buckeyes, Cowboys, Notre Dame, etc. The book contains 100 different things about your favorite team including tidbits about players, the team itself, the organization, games, the stadiums, events, etc. Matthew Silverman was kind enough to not just supply us with facts and his views of the Mets. In his book he also offers us views from fans which include memories of specific games, the different stadiums the Mets played in, events and more. In addition to the “100 Things”, the book contains little factoid sections which supply even more information about your favorite team and its players. Throughout there are fun trivia questions, the answers found in the last couple of pages of the book. Mets fans will love the numerous pictures to be found throughout the book of Mets players, old and new, the stadium, the field, and more.
When I first started reading 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, I was bored with the book. It wasn’t really telling me anything new and was mostly rehashing the ’69, ’73, ’86 and 2000 World Series appearances. However, as I got further into the book, I started to learn a thing or two I didn’t know about my favorite team – little anecdotes and tidbits that I hadn’t heard or read about before. I also enjoyed the input from the various fans who, like me, refused to give up on their favorite team and cherish every experience they have ever had involving the New York Mets.
Surprisingly enough, 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die was actually an enjoyable read that I would recommend to any Mets fan out there. In fact, at the time this article is being written, I have already leant the book to a co-worker who just happens to be an avid Mets fan like myself. He couldn’t wait to get his hands on the book and I know he is going to enjoy it. I currently have a list of Mets fans at work who want to check out this book when my other co-worker is done. Once they have finished, 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die will take its place proudly seated beside my small collection of books about my favorite baseball team.