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Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets' First Year

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Here, back in print, is Jimmy Breslin's marvelous account of the improbable saga of the New York Mets' first year, as Bill Veeck notes in his Introduction, "preserving for all time a remarkable tale of ineptitude, mediocrity, and abject failure." Indeed the 1962 Mets were the worst major league baseball team ever to take the field. (The title of the book is a quote from Ca ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 4th 2002 by Ivan R. Dee (first published April 28th 1963)
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Maggie
Pretty much everything you need to know about the Mets, the worst season in the history of baseball, greedy owners, and New York baseball fans. Breslin is at times hilarious, with an almost vaudevillian sense of timing. He's also very realistic and very true as to the nature of Mets fans, who know that their team is made up of bums, but cheer just as loud when someone makes second base as they would if it were a home run.

On Mets Fans:

"You see, the Mets are losers, just like nearly everybody els
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Tatiana
"This is a team for the cab driver who gets held up and the guy who loses out on a promotion because he didn't maneuver himself to lunch with the boss enough. It is the team for every guy who has to get a job he does not like. And it is the team for every woman who looks up ten years later and sees her husband eating dinner in a T-shirt and wonders how the hell she ever let this guy talk her into getting married. The Yankees? Who does well enough to root for them, Laurence Rockefeller?"

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Bill S.
Here, back in print, is Jimmy Breslin's marvelous account of the improbable saga of the New York Mets' first year, as Bill Veeck notes in his Introduction, "preserving for all time a remarkable tale of ineptitude, mediocrity, and abject failure." Indeed the 1962 Mets were the worst major league baseball team ever to take the field. (The title of the book is a quote from Casey Stengel, their manager at the time.) Breslin casts the Mets, who lost 120 games out of a possible 162 that year, as a lov ...more
Samuel
I fucking hate the mets but this book is great- a baseball must. Breslin is hilarious and if you've ever loved a shitty team this book will definitely shed some insight into your hopelessness.
Jeff
This book is always listed among the top 50 or 100 books written about baseball. Frankly, I can't see what the fuss is about. The style is meandering. He goes off on tangents for three or four pages that only seem remotely connected to the theme. It had some very interesting points and made some interesting analyses about New York City and the effect the move of the Dodgers and the Giants and the arrival of the Mets had on the city. It is a short book and an easy read. It was an ok book, but hav ...more
Seamus Thompson

Amusing tribute to the '62 Mets -- the original lovable losers. And lose they did: 120 games. They lost nine straight to start the season and lost as many as 17 consecutive games later that year. They had two pitchers who *lost* twenty games. But that Mets team, formed to bring National League baseball back to NY, was beloved. Why? As Breslin puts it: "You see, the Mets are losers, just like everybody else in life. This is a team for the cab driver who gets held up and the guy who loses out on a
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Chris
I wasn't alive when the Loveable Losers were formed, but I'd like to think that if I lived in New York at the time, I would have been a Mets fan. I'm sure I would have, seeing that I loved the Tigers before they went to the series in '06 (just three years out of being one loss shy of tying the Mets 120 loss record) and I hate the Yankees. If you hate the Yankees in live in New York, you have to like the Mets for your NL team. (For the record, I also hate Boston, since they are just like the Yank ...more
Ceejay
Here it is....the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the New York Mets first year as a team....the team that made them the worst in baseball history! It wasn't easy to lose 120 games, but the Mets did it. Jimmy Breslin was the perfect person to write this little saga.I really miss the guy.If you care about baseball, then this is the book for you.There are so many interesting stories in this book. One example. Stan Musial waited an extra year to retire because playing the Mets would help his ...more
Joe
Book still stands up, almost 50 years later. I was at the game on that Sunday in May or June at the Polo Grounds when Marvelous Marv Thronberry made an error in the first inning to allow Cubs to score and then hit a triple in the bottom of the first to atone for his error. But then the Marvelous One was called out for missing second base. When Casey Stengel came out to argue, the ump held up his hands to ward Stengel off, explaining "Forget it, Casey, he missed first base, too."
Ray
This is a very funny book about the Mets first season in 1962. Great stories about Casey Stengel, Marvelous Marv Throneberry, et al. They still hold the record for the most losses (120) in a season. The book was written in 1963 so the author had a first hand account of all the mishaps and oddities. Little did he know that in seven years they would become the Miracle Mets.
Alan
Good fun! Jimmy Breslin brings a snarky, sports columnists voice to the truly horrible 1962 New York Mets - arguably the worst, but yet most lovable team in baseball history. At times he's a one-trick pony (we get it, they are so bad they are good!), but his portrayal of early 60s New York and baseball at the time is worth the read.
Jay
a) breslin is a serious fucking journalist; he's the guy that the son of sam sent his "hello from the gutters" letter to at the daily news.
b) this is fucking hilarious, heartwarming and why i could never be a yankee fan, 20 some-odd championships be damned.
c) i wish i was alive to see this all happen so badly.
B
Funny and sentimental without overdoing it. In fact, it could probably use even more zany Mets play-by-play to overcome the "this is what time does" and "everyone is really a loser" mawkishness. But the balances works. Short, funny, and actually a little meaningful.
Steve Ponedal
Pulitzer-prize winner writes about the lovable loser '62 mets. Stories from the bar keeps, cabbies and wise guys on why they loved their mets. Good read for a mets fan. Cheap kindle book.
Luis Perez
A look at the New York Mets' first year of baseball. A comedy of errors -- the team, not the book. This is a fast-paced easily digestable tale of abject failure on the diamond.
Matt
This book effectively sums up why I am a Mets fan in both its description of the 1962 Mets and the wit with which Breslin writes.
Nathan
this is a collection of a bunch of newspaper articles that made me think newspapers suck now.
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Jimmy Breslin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American columnist and author. He has written numerous novels, and pieces of his have appeared regularly in various newspapers in his hometown of New York City. He was a regular columnist for the newspaper Newsday until his retirement on November 2, 2004, and still has occasional columns there.

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