The Bad Guys Won
A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform--and Maybe the Best
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Once upon a time, twenty-four grown men would play baseball together, eat together, carouse together, and brawl together. Alas, those hard-partying warriors have been replaced by GameBoy-obsessed, laptop-carrying, corporate soldiers who would rather punch a clock than a drinking buddy. But it wasn't always this way ...
In The Bad Guys Won, award-winning former Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jeff Pearlman returns to an innocent time when a city worshipped a man named Mookie and the Yankess were the second-best team in New York. So it was in 1986, when the New York Mets -- the last of baseball's live-like-rock-star teams -- won the World Series and captured the hearts (and other select body parts) of fans everywhere.
But their greatness on the field was nearly eclipsed by how bad they were off it. Led by the indomitable Keith Hernandez and the young dynamic duo of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, along with the gallant Scum Bunch, the Amazin's won 108 regular-season games, while leaving a wide trail of wreckage in their wake -- hotel rooms, charter planes, a bar in Houston, and most famously Bill Buckner and the eternally cursed Boston Red Sox. With an unforgettable cast of characters -- Doc, Straw, the Kid, Nails, Mex, and manager Davey Johnson (as well as innumerable groupies) -- The Bad Guys Won immortalizes baseball's last great wild bunch of explores what could have been, what should have been, and thanks to a tragic dismantling of the club, what never was.
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Great read if you were a fan of the amazins
Lots of fun to read if you were a fan and lived through the 1986 wonder year for the NY Mets. Great insight into the players and the behind the scenes shenanigans. The authors writing style makes this a read that any fan can relate to.
Interesting story, sporadic storytelling
I'll admit I like the book, but really feel it could have been written better. The premise and subject matter are interesting enough, but delivered in a very unorganized and clumsy way. There are often times tangents to the story that either don't belong or make sense in the area presented. worth the read if you're interested in the storyline.
All J Pearlmans books
Ive read all of jeff perlmans books and so far i would consider this one my favorite. He knows how to grip you and keep the stories interesting with his dialogue. I played for danny heep in college and the stories in the book line up with how he really is. I highly recommend. I have 1 more book to read of jeffs. I believe its called sweetness