This book is a reread for me, but from many many years ago I remember checking it out of my elementary school library Mt Pleasant Elementary in Smithtown, N.Y., in case you re wondering in 1973 when I was ten years old It was the first book I ever read, and perhaps the first book ever published, about the post 1969 Mets There was an onslaught of books describing the years from 1962 to 1969 after their unexpected World Series win in 69 I was surprised to see a lot of R rated language in the book Not that the book would contain f bombs, but that it would have been on the shelves of an elementary school library in 1973 I imagine whoever it was at the school district who was responsible for ordering books probably slipped up.Anyway, this is a fan s memoir, written by poet Joel Oppenheimer, about being a Mets fan in 1972, which happened to be my first full year as a fan I jumped on board during the 1971 season So to me, the 1972 Mets are the original Mets , and it was nice to read about not only the held over 69ers like Seaver, Jones, Agee, and Kranepool, but also the recent additions like Staub, Matlack, and Mays.However, the book wasn t about the Mets, it was about rooting for the Mets And that s something I was doing in 1972, albeit from the perspective of a ten year old boy, which is what I was, rather than of a 42 year old poet, which I never was Oppenheimer doesn t give much, or really any, context at all He mentions events, concerning the Mets as well as the world at large, as if they happened yesterday and the reader still has an immediate familiarity with them Day to day events of the presidential campaign The chess match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer Some controversial comments made by weatherman Tex Antoine Made four years before the really controversial comment about rape that cost him his job And of course, family stuff, which is always a part of fandom what s happening around you while you have the game on TV, or who you go to the game with, or why you can t watch the game on a particular day.I think that if I didn t experience the 1972 Mets, or have a general knowledge of 1972, this book might have been in some parts, totally incoherent to me But as someone who was in fact there, it did evoke some memories, not so much of actual events, but of what it was like to have the Mets on Channel 9, on a Sunday afternoon, listening to Lindsey Nelson, Ralph Kiner, and Bob Murphy The book was written entirely in lower case, which was distracting than charming Sometimes the word wins would appear in the middle of a sentence outside of its proper context, and I d have to remind myself that Oppenheimer was talking about the radio station, WINS A non New Yorker, not familiar with that station, would just remain confused, I assume Anyway, a nice little trip down memory lane, with some nice turns of phrase as you would probably expect from a poet I especially like how Oppenheimer compared his kids to Leron Lee when they interrupted his plans to make love to his wife But again, unless you know who Leron Lee was and what his part was in the Mets 1972 season, you just wouldn t get it This isn t a book that s going to age well. A lot of meandering nonsense with occasional mention of the New York Mets 1972 season. Terrific Sports Books and Prose Poem. Best EPub, The Wrong Season By Joel Oppenheimer This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Wrong Season, Essay By Joel Oppenheimer Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You
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