Book Review: The Bad Guys Won; Jeff Pearlman

January 5, 2009

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What better way to pass the time during these winter months than sitting in your favorite chair indulging yourself with a book. Better yet, how about a book that features passion, desire, true grit, a little tomfoolery, and the New York Mets. Former Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jeff Pearlman gives that and more with The Bad Guys Won, an off-beat chronicle of the entire 1986 Mets baseball season.

Pearlman’s take on the unforgettable season provides first-hand knowledge of the on-the field, off-the field excitement and administers his own wit and sarcasm to formulate dead-on character profiles of each member affiliated with the lovable, Scum Bunch. Even through a cloud of drugs and alcohol, Keith, Darryl, Doc, Mookie, Nails, Ron, and the rest of the gang clinch the NL East in convincing fashion by winning 108 regular season games.

In 1986, GM Frank Cashen orchestrated his most unique roster of ball players this side of the Whitestone Expressway. That group of guys brought along their rough and tumbles style to the sport’s biggest stage and went on to acquire baseball’s ultimate prize. By taking the divisional series in the middle of the night from Mike “scuff’” and the rest of the Houston Astros and pulling off the “improbable” to capture a World Series ring from the highly-respected Boston Red Sox, the Mets defied convention and revealed a tough competitiveness that is unmatched by any New York Mets team. The book nears its conclusion with a last minute jaunt by Keith Hernandez who was forced to hop over a metal fence near City Hall just barely making the start of the commemorative ticker-tape parade in honor of the Mets down Broadway.

Whether it’s Mets manager Davey Johnson’s proclamation that his team’s pedigree is the class of the division, or an after-hours romp which leads to four New York Mets being bailed out of a Texas jail, this New York Times Bestseller should be included in any loyal Mets fan’s bookshelf.

Harper Collins
287 pages

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