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Tim 
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Friday, 1. December 2006 10:55 Host: cache-mtc-ae04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

You really are the voice of the Mets fan, the best writer about being a fan I've ever read. When is your book coming out? I know it can't be out for Christmas but is there any chance it will be out by Father's Day?
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RedSoxRule! 
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Monday, 27. November 2006 07:13 IP: 147.4.52.50 Write a comment

I loved your essay about Yankee Hatred and the one with your wife giving up on the Red Sox. You write amazingly well. I wish you were a Red Sox fan! Just kidding. Good luck with your book!
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Sony 
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Friday, 3. November 2006 18:10 IP: 24-151-53-191.dhcp.nwtn.ct.charter.com Write a comment

This essay is absolutely beautiful and amazing, I can just picture the scene in the Hoboken appartment. What painfully beautiful imagery from the heart of a true baseball fan.
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Mazinmets9 
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Saturday, 21. October 2006 14:41 Host: cpe-74-70-8-161.nycap.res.rr.com Write a comment

honored to be part of the shea faithful.lookin foward to reading this book! I support my team, win or lose, for life
GO METS! I STILL BELIEVE
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lindseybobralph 
gibsonny5@aol.com
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NY State
Thursday, 19. October 2006 13:47 Host: pool-70-18-208-22.ny325.east.verizon.net Write a comment Send E-mail

You really pegged what irks Met fans most about Mike and the Mad Dog. Thank you! Never again will I listen to that pompous windbag and his court jester gas on without thinking of this paragraph:

When it comes to Mets fans, Mike and Chris act like unhinged
priests who have become the most cynical rationalists and are trampling on the
simple piety of their parishioners. They donít understand Mets fans. They donít
understand how what we want to do, on late summer afternoons in the middle of a
winning streak, is gather our wild fantasies, bringing them together to ignite in a big
ecstatic conflagration. We want the pleasure and the power of our improbable
dreams. We donít want two guys with funny voices pissing on our bonfire.
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Shelley Smith 
shelley.smith@yale.edu
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Wednesday, 18. October 2006 06:47 Host: smithsc.med.yale.edu Write a comment Send E-mail

Wow, I just read the piece on the Red Sox and it had me laughing and crying. I could relate because my husband is a Red Sox fan and they are my American League team and the Mets are his National League team. I have a Mets Saturday plan and he goes to the games with me. I missed the 1986 team tribute to take him to the Yankees/Red Sox game at Fenway for our anniversary. But the hotel had MLB baseball and I bought it that night to watch the Mets game. When they came from behind to go ahead of the Rockies he was napping and I was running up and down the halls of the hotel so happy they had won and wishing I was there.

When the Red Sox went down 0-3 to the Yankees, I never gave up hope on them even though my husband did and other Red Sox friends did. Guess it must come from my years of Ya Gotta Believe. All you heard was no one ever came back from being down 0-3 and I said someone has to eventually, why not them. I thought it was funny a couple days later when they were wearing their "Why Not Us" tee shirts.

Please tell me when your book is going to come out. I want to buy it as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend. She will love it.
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Stu Paul 
StrtPl@aol.com
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Monday, 16. October 2006 14:17 Host: rrcs-71-41-132-70.sw.biz.rr.com Write a comment Send E-mail

Just wanted to say Happy 37th Anniversary to the 1969 Miracle Mets on their first World Championship on that wonderful date of October 16th!!

I still haven't forgotten the shoe polish incident that led to Donn Clendenon's 3rd homer of the World Series and then the Mighty Mite, Al Weis, with his only homer ever at Shea Stadium in which he tied the game at 3-3 and then Ron Swoboda scoring Cleon Jones from 2nd with the winning run in the 8th inning. Jerry Grote also reached on a two-error play that enabled Swoboda to score.

Of course, a future Mets Manager in Davey Johnson, flew out to Cleon Jones in leftfield for the final out as Lefthander Jerry Koosman rebounded from a slow start in the game, allowing two homers to both pitcher Dave McNally and Future HOFer Frank Robinson, and then shutting down the Orioles the rest of the way for the win.

I'll never forget when Kooz leaped into fellow San Antonian and his batterymate, Jerry Grote's arm for the final out of the World Series. How sweet it was. What a wild scene on the field after the ballgame, which I will never forget.
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greg 
njmusic1966@yahoo.com
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Thursday, 12. October 2006 10:41 Host: c-68-45-123-6.hsd1.nj.comcast.net Write a comment Send E-mail

I just found this blog. I've been a Mets fan since 75 and I can't tell you how much I appreciate the thought and heart that you put into your writing. Consider yourself bookmarked and I'll be reading all the time. LETS GO METS!

Best From NJ
Greg
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RJ 
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Wednesday, 11. October 2006 22:42 Host: AC5-Webproxy64.direcpc.com Write a comment

I was fortunate to be able to see the Bums of Brooklyn defeat the Yankees in 1955. Your parents were correct. They held a party in Brooklyn and everyone showed up! What a day!!!

My allegiance to that team was gone as soon as they left for Cali. I just couldn't become a Yankee or Giant fan.

Not until The Mets arrived did I think I would ever have the passion that I did for that Brooklyn team.

Lo and behold,, we had National League baseball again, and it was love at first sight!

The Metsies as Casey called them. So inept that you just had to love em, thinking some day it would be our turn. Seven years later it was.

Great to see there are some fans out there who feel the same way. Great writing, will be buying your book. Good luck!
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alex 
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Wednesday, 11. October 2006 22:06 Host: ool-18b9c868.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment

i dont get it , you talk about looking at a team like its a choice that your a met or yankee fan , but the reality is you grow up in a family that is all yankee's and i grow up watching them play .. .. its not like i wake up and say what team is winning all the time and that's the one i'm going to root for .... and the fans don't have any say in what the front office does with the team .... we have the most out spoken team owner in all of team sports , and i'm proud of the owner opening his pocket for his team ... it just shows he wants to win , and if thats not fair to you met fans then think of all the off season players you picked up three awsome pitchers , three good bats , and a new manager ..... you r team does the same shit and it's ok .... i dont wanna see crying , there is no crying in baseball !!
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susan 
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Wednesday, 11. October 2006 12:48 Host: ool-457474f5.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment

paulieeee, blah blah blah blah!!! who cares about the yankeeeees, let's talk hockey!!
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paul 
paulie2637@aol.com
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Wednesday, 11. October 2006 11:54 Host: ool-457474f5.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Will someone please explain to me why these 2 clown Met haters are at Shea.And of course they have to continue talking about the Yankees.Did they forget the Tankees lost and their season is over.the plan is to get rid of ARod.Mike says that Puljos is the best player on the planet.Already ARod the best hiter of the past 10 years is now totally garbage and should be discarded.Oh my has Mike forgot how he praised ARod when he appeared on his show.it just shows how 2 faced Mike really is.
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=Chuck= 
cozmikchuck@comcast.net
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Tuesday, 10. October 2006 19:07 Host: c-68-38-135-33.hsd1.nj.comcast.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Dana, back in the Fall of 1984 I was in one of your Lit courses at Rutgers. Well, that was a crazy time in my life and I only attended two classes, tops, then proceeded to quit Rutgers a month or so later. Eventually, I wound up at another school and got my B.A. All the while, I had no idea that you were a Mets fan. When your book comes out I'll definitely buy a copy. Please keep me informed. Thanks. ~cc~
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paul 
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Tuesday, 10. October 2006 13:41 Host: cache-rtc-ae04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment Send E-mail

I can't take it anymore!Those 2 guys just had on Joe Torre and treated him like a hero.Mike,who kissed him off on Sunday morning is now kissing his ass.And dog just became a Yankee fan.Mike was so critical Sunday did a complete turnaround.You can't always win the playoffs he says.Just like true Yankee fans they say look at all the WS he has won.but he just lost to the tigers who Mike said would go down in 3.And Kenny Rogers beat them.That should stick in Mike's throat all winter
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Paul 
Paulie2637@aol.com
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Tuesday, 10. October 2006 08:35 Host: cache-rtc-ae04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment Send E-mail

this is why I hate the Yankees.Even when they lose they grab the headlines from the Mets.There is always so much drama in the Bronx.Will they fire Torre or not.Just do something and move along,but no,they have to make headlines with it.When the Mets win the World series,you will see the Yankees will make a major deal to compete for headlines.
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lindseybobralph 
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Tuesday, 10. October 2006 07:59 Host: pool-70-107-107-58.ny325.east.verizon.net Write a comment

Hey I loved your story. I met my Red Sox fan husband in 1987, so we didn't have to suffer thru that drama. Even tho I had been there, I never mentioned "Game 6" in front of him, out of respect for his pain. I grew to really like the Red Sox, and to be amused at the sense of fatality their fans always had, and amazed at the depth of their hatred towards the Yankees. After 2000, I understood that a little better.

In 2003, we sat there together on the couch, dumbfounded, watching Grady Little leave in Pedro way too long. "Why isn't he taking him out?" I asked, incredulous. "This isn't good!"
"He won't take him out until he gives up the tying run," said my husband, resignedly, with the doomed monotone of one who knew all too well from experience. "Watch."
And we did - it was awful.
But I cheered along with him in 2004, when the Sox pummeled the Yanks into humiliation, after nearly losing it all.
I know this story, and it's a good one - thanks for writing your experience!
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little sister 
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Monday, 9. October 2006 18:14 Host: cache-rtc-ae04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

Love the blog. I'm amazed at how much pleasure I am getting at the egg on Mike F's face. I'm tired of hearing about how "the Captain went 5 for 5," how "this is the best line up in history" how "the Tigers aren't going to win one game." Well, as the 1969 Mets sang on their (now a collectors item) record - "You gotta have heart...." These Mets have heart and that beats payroll and steroids any day!!!
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Denise 
civiletti@optonline.net
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Monday, 9. October 2006 14:27 Host: ool-18bf3a47.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Mets fans have character. We know how to lose. It builds character. Yankees fans do not know how to lose. They take their cues from the Boss, the biggest sore-loser of all.

It's exciting and wonderful that the Mets are in the NLCS this year. It's especially pleasurable that the Yanks were swept out of contention. Watching George come apart is an added bonus.

Let's go METS!!!
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Paul 
Paulie2637@aol.com
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Monday, 9. October 2006 12:52 Host: cache-rtc-ae04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment Send E-mail

The Yankees stink.They just lost to the Tigers and I really feel that a lot of the player really don't care.They get paid so much money that to play in the post season they get short changed as far as income.A player getting paid 9 mil a season gets 1.5 a month and to play post season and win the world series he would only get about 300 K.there is no monetary incentive.
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marcia 
mcpaskel@yahoo.com
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Saturday, 7. October 2006 12:18 IP: 24-197-136-197.dhcp.spbg.sc.charter.com Write a comment Send E-mail

I have never read such eloquence on the heart of a Baseball fan. I love my Detroit Tigers exactly as you love your Mets. AND despise the Yankees exactly as you do. We are all brothers under the skin, we Baseball (not fans but) lunatics, the only difference being the team we adore.
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mike c. 
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Thursday, 5. October 2006 08:57 Host: host218.209.113.239.conversent.net Write a comment

my dad took me to my first game at y.s.in 1966. D.H. vs washington senators.my first met game also in '66 vs cinn.reds. i've rooted for both teams ever since then.been '69 nlcs vs atlanta & w.s. vs baltimore. 1973 had nyjets vs boston patriots tics that got moved to foxboro for mets to play oakland went to mets game instead.saw 1977 &78 yank's w.s. also 81&1982 losses to dodgers.i really thought 1986 mets w.s. was the best and most exciting new york sports moment for me.i've continued to rootfor both my new york baseball teams.had six pack tickets for mets last three years,and also have gone to see yanks at camden yards weekend games many times.i'm afan that roots for both teams.got tickets for nlcs games 1& 2 and yanks w.s. 1& 2. go new yok.
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michael 
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Sunday, 1. October 2006 17:37 Host: c-71-235-182-196.hsd1.ct.comcast.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Loved my Mets since 1963...was an SF Giants fan until they broke my heart previous year with loss to Stinkees I remember Duke, George Altman, Ron Hunt, Carelton Wiley, Jay Hook. I took a beating in my predominantly Sox-Stinkees neighborhood in Manchester, Ct., but it was worth it for the celebration of 1969
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Alexa Wheeler 
alexarose293@yahoo.com
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Sunday, 1. October 2006 12:50 Host: cpe-74-65-214-195.nyc.res.rr.com Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi I loooovvvveeeee the Mets


Bye!!!!
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Mitchell Thomashow 
mthomashow@antiochne.edu
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Montville, Maine
Friday, 29. September 2006 12:30 IP: 68.191.43.7 Write a comment Send E-mail

Dana is my cousin and I'm so proud of him. These Mets stories capture our childhood, our adolesence, and all of our common roots and memories. They are written with authenticity, truth, humor, and wisdom.
Thanks, Dana!
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Rick 
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Friday, 29. September 2006 11:49 IP: 131.229.19.201 Write a comment

Hi Dana--
This is great baseball writing, and it captures the experience of being a fan like nothing I've ever read. I loved all the sample pieces, but I thought the "Marrying the Red Sox" essay was amazing--deep and sad and funny all at the same time. Can't wait to read more--and I'm not even a Mets fan.
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Erin 
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Thursday, 28. September 2006 10:48 Host: cache-dtc-af04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

I really love the articles on this site because they're funny and cool and I can learn something about all the years of Mets history I didn't see. I can't remember 1986 or 1969 but now I know something about them and what they felt like. Which is great since my parents talk about them all the time. Thank you. Younger fans will get something from your book too. Let us know when it's in bookstores.
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jsr 
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Wednesday, 27. September 2006 09:23 IP: 147.4.194.195 Write a comment

Hey Dana,

I read most of the pieces here and they are wonderful -- various and surprising. The piece on Mr. Met is hilarious, and Marrying the Red Sox is very evocative.

For me, you captured the weird and wonderful ways that fans (think they) become their teams, especially scrappy, boisterous but soulful Mets fans.

My brother is a Yankees fan. He wears a tie to cut the grass.

Looking forward to the book.
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Mets369 
mets369@metsmerized.com
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Wednesday, 27. September 2006 05:11 Host: ool-44c019ae.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Dana,

I just read your writings on Keith Hernandez and enjoyed it greatly. I cant wait for your book to come out, I'll be one of the first to snatch up a copy!



Visit Dana's partner site metsmerized.com for mature Mets discussion.
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chris 
chrisjj612@yahoo.com
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san diego
Tuesday, 26. September 2006 11:49 Host: ip68-7-89-223.sd.sd.cox.net Write a comment Send E-mail

Dana,
I first read your words when your Newsday article took Mets fan sites by storm and am counting the days until your book is published. I will be one of the first in line to buy it.

Chris
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Barry 
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Tuesday, 26. September 2006 08:46 IP: 147.4.54.51 Write a comment

I really liked the essays on this website and would read the whole book when it comes out. I'd probably buy it for my friends too. Dana Brand truly understands what it is to be a Mets' fan. What's more, he knows the game and the players. The item on Yankee Hatred was terrific. Keep up the good work!
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Marie 
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Tuesday, 26. September 2006 08:16 IP: 24-151-53-191.dhcp.nwtn.ct.charter.com Write a comment

These are so wonderful. They are beautifully written and sometimes they are very very funny. You really capture what it's like to be a Mets fan and a baseball fan. I especially liked "Marrying the Red Sox." Thank you for writing these. I can't wait to read the whole book.
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Terri 
terri.herschlag@jpmorgan.com
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Monday, 25. September 2006 05:56 IP: 170.148.10.44 Write a comment Send E-mail

I know what it's like to live for seven months (now 8 with post season) thinking of nothing else but OUR Mets. When it's in your blood, you just have to go with it! I was there on clinch night (also 20 years ago) and there is nothing to describe the feeling. I can't wait for your book!!
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stefanie 
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Sunday, 24. September 2006 19:48 Host: cache-mtc-ae04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

I'm so excited about the post season I just can't get enough of these Mets!!! Wish your book was out now. Oh well, something to read during the long cold winter.....
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Kathy Vitale 
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Great Idea but I could have done without the Keith Hernandez, was a good player but he's a inadequate announcer good luck with the book and GO METS
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Joe 
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Sunday, 24. September 2006 04:31 Host: duryeapa-cuda2-24-49-93-118.bflony.adelphia.net Write a comment Send E-mail

I look foward to this book being published.Great stuff.Congrats.
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Beverly 
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Saturday, 23. September 2006 09:07 Host: ool-44c2859e.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment Send E-mail

I especially liked your "Yankee Hatred". So true! As I've told numerous Yankee fans when they initiate a verbal fight about how they win every year, how they are gonna beat the Mets this year, etc., I explain the big difference is the Mets win dramatically, and continue to win quietly, we Met fans don't act classless and boast, we just root for our team!
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LIZ 
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Saturday, 23. September 2006 08:56 Host: cache-dtc-af04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

I've loved the Mets for over 30 years. This year's team looks like they can take it all!

Good luck with your book - Lets Go Mets!
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BhindNMELines 
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Friday, 22. September 2006 09:48 IP: 74.8.31.130 Write a comment Send E-mail

Keep up the good work. You have put into perspective all of the reasons y Mets fans are so loyal and y Yankees bandwagon-ers are not.
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Charlie 
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Thursday, 21. September 2006 17:29 Host: cache-dtc-af04.proxy.aol.com Write a comment

Hello Dana, I enjoyed reading your essays and can't wait for your book to come out....I've been an avid reader of baseball material for many years and couldn't help but notice as I read your pieces, how much your style resembles a cross between the great Roger Angell and Art Buchwald....great job!! Hope your book is out for the holidays, it'll take care of my gift list for me!
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NostraDennis 
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Tuesday, 19. September 2006 07:32 IP: 170.20.11.118 Write a comment Send E-mail

Well put. I had the good fortune of meeting Bob at a Learning Annex seminar at some godawful Days Inn on the East Side.

It was the winter after "they won the damn game", and Mr. Murphy couldn't have been more cordial, self-effacing, and truly appreciative of his good fortune.

He had the opportunity to spend his life getting paid to talk about a sport he loved, and a team he loved, and he took full advantage of that opportunity to truly become the voice of my New York Mets.

Jackie Robinson meant so much to baseball in New York. I say, though, that if you're going to name the new ballpark after a person instead of a corporation, you can't do better than Bob Murphy Park.
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alison 
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Tuesday, 19. September 2006 07:02 Host: alm7.amlaw.com Write a comment Send E-mail

thanks for these wonderful, provovative, tear-jerking, smile-inspiring essays. and i second the call for a piece about ralph kiner. i still chuckle when i remember the father's day game in which ralph said, "well, it's father's day, so happy birthday to all the fathers out there."

good luck with the book. i'll be first in line for a stack of signed copie!
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Wayne 
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Tuesday, 19. September 2006 01:28 Host: c-68-48-229-127.hsd1.va.comcast.net Write a comment

Great job Dana! You've encapsulated the way MANY Mets fans feel. Thank you!
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Minayaexpress 
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Monday, 18. September 2006 21:34 Host: ool-43576e23.dyn.optonline.net Write a comment

Dana,
Thank you for initiating this project, you are correct in your statement that a book has yet to be written for US. I, for one, as a fan appreciate it greatly. On a sidenote I am an english major with aspirations to be a writer and any advice whatsoever you can lend would be a boon. Best of luck with your book and you have already sold one as far as I am concerned.
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Stu Paul 
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I also forgot to mention some of my favorite moments in 1969:

1) The 11 game winning streak as you mentioned.

2) The Mets-Cubs games on July 8th and July 9th when Cubs CFer Don Young misplayed two fly balls in the 9th inning that cost Ferguson Jenkins and the Cubs a win and Tom Seaver's near perfecto the next night (Thanks a lot, Jimmy Qualls, whereever you might be)

3) Tommie Agee's 14th inning home run against the San Francisco Giants on August 19, 1969 (my late mom's 41st birthday at the time). I watched the game on WOR-TV that night and I remember Lindsey Nelson almost losing his voice when he screamed when Agee blasted the homer off Juan Marichal (The Giants ace who pitched the entire game that night only to lose)and the WOR-TV Cameras panning around the stands showing the majority of the 48,000 people screaming, standing and cheering in absolute delirium when Tommie hit the homer.

3) September 10-LOOK WHO'S NUMBER ONE after the Doubleheader sweep against Montreal at Shea. Kenny Boswell's 12th inning single that scored Cleon Jones for the winning run against Bill Stoneman.

4) September 24, 1969. The NL East Clincher against St. Louis. Gary Gentry pitches a 4 hit shutout, Donn Clendenon hit two homers and the Glider, Ed Charles, hit one and LOL, Tom Seaver spraying the cameras with champagne after Ralph Kiner interviewed him in the crazy locker room

5) October 6, 1969-We're going to the WS. Beat Atanta, 7-4 at Shea to win the NL Pennant. Agee, Boswell and Garrett all homered.

6) Games 2-5 of the 69 WS. Need we say more. Agee, Swoboda, Jones and Harrelson making defensive gems. Plus, Clendenon's 3 homers and the MVP award.

I was growing up in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn and lived not too far away from Gil Hodges. Gil was an amazing man. Sad to see he died at such a young age, but will always be remembered!!
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Stu Paul 
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Loved your stories on 1969 and Bob Murphy. Like you Dana, that year and that man I became a sportscaster like Murph) were two huge parts of our lives.

It's sad that Bob Murphy passed away a couple of years ago and only after he retired, but I will always remember him and his "happy recaps". He was one of the best.

Bob, Ralph Kiner and Lindsey Nelson were an outstanding trio of broadcasters on Radio and TV for the Mets in the 60s and 70s. No doubt about it.

As for 1969, nothing will ever top that. It is so sweet to see the Mets clinch tonight against Florida, but 1969 was one of those years that is embedded in your mind forever.

I am now 47 years old and still have that wonderful memory. My good friend and former Met, Jerry Grote, who is from San Antonio and still lives here, cherish those wonderful memories.

He still loves talking about 1969 to this very day!!

GOD BLESS 1969 and BOB MURPHY!!

ALWAYS A PART OF OUR LIVES!!
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Tony Perez 
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This is the best news I have ever heard. Thank you so much for describing how I feel about this wonderful love affair I have with this team. I can't wait for the book to come out. I read an excerpt you posted on the Mets message board and you left me foaming at the mouth.
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Sounds good, I will buy iy.
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isles66 
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Outstanding great job
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cleon's pal 
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Love the pictures of Wright and Giambi. How could you not root for the Mets when seeing those 2 side by side!This book sounds like it's going to be great! Its for all us who have endured the lows so we can reach those incredible Mets highs! Thanks for capturing that so well. Can't wait to read the rest.
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Mike S. 
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Dana,

I'm very much looking forward to reading your book when it comes out.
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Patrick Kraemer 
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Wow! I would love to purchase a copy of that book! Look forward to order it!
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J. Klause 
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Clearly a book for the thoughtful among basefall fans--and maybe that's most of them. Perhaps one day you'll follow Professor Giamatti as Commissioner of Baseball.

And here's to the poor Red Sox, too.

JK
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Jim 
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I became a Mets fan in a very similar way as both my Dad and my Granddad were Brooklyn Dodgers fans and of course no self respecting Dodger(or Giant)fan would root for the Yankees. So when the Mets were born a few years after the Dodgers and Giants vacated New York, it was only natural that their previous fans adopted the Mets.

Having previously lived in New Jersey, i have many fond memories of games at Shea Stadium, some of the three generation variety(myself, my dad and my gramps) and some just with my childhood friends. Those memories came during some very bad seasons and some from a few good ones.

By 1986, I no longer lived in the metro area, but I still followed with a passion and did attend a NLCS game. What a post season that was, the series with the Astros and of course the World Series vs. the Redsox. Words of course can barely describe the feelings of game six and then of game 7. The range of emotions I went thru during that 10th inning of game 6 was simply amazing. I was absolutley convinced Mookie would have beaten Buckner to the bag, prolonging the inning even if the ball didnt get thru Buckner allowing Knight to score the winning run.

This does make me point out to you an excerpt in your Mookie essay that is slighly misleading. you wrote and I quote, "What was happening was Mookie running down the line, with an
explosive and irresistible conviction that he would make it to first base, that he
would not be out, and that the World Series would not end there."(end quote). At this point of the game, Kevin Mitchell had already scored the tying run so no matter what Mookie did(had he made the 3rd out of the inning), the game would not have ended, but rather would have moved on to the 11th inning.

I love your work and dont mean to nit pick, but I figure now is the time to ponder and make minute corrections. I cant wait to read more of your essays or to read the finalized published version of your book.

LETS GO METS!
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Rob 
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That is as eloquent a fan-piece as I've ever read. You have put into words what thousands of Mets fans world-wide are feeling.

Thank you.
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Alan 
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Let's Go Mets!
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clare 
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Dear Dana,
I've only recently been initiated into the mysteries of professional baseball--my nine-year-old dragged me, kicking and screaming, into the brother-sisterhood. But now I'm hooked. I must confess to being a Sox fan, but am ready to be convinced that the Mets deserve my soul. Please send an order form when the book comes into the world!
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Cindy - Yankee fan 
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Dana -
A Yankee fanatic, I came across your site when looking for Willie Randolph news (I always liked him when he was with the Yanks). The "Mike and Mad Dog" essay caught my attention because I am trapped in the car with my husband every Friday afternoon on our way to NYC, and he listens to them. Your analysis and description of the two personalities is right on! We also caught the show when they went on and on about Mo's song. We were enjoyed our time screaming back at the radio, telling Mike and Dog "enough, already" when they wouldn't shut up about the song. Do they have to repeat everything 8 times?
Keep on. Looking forward to reading more great sports writing.
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Fran 
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I came from a Mets fans family, married a Mets fan and am raising 3 male Mets fans. Although it's tough being a Mets family sometimes, especially when we see our kids get teased by their Yankee-fan friends, we remain steadfast and at the same time we are teaching our kids how to be true fans -- in good times and in bad. A life lesson, no?

My men were at the Mets game the other night and proudly joined the crowds in giving Mike Piazza a standing ovation on his return to Shea. Do we see that happen at Yankee Stadium? Mets fans are a class act.

Best of luck with your book!
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What a great way to gather up the spirit of "true" Met Fans--not just those who jump on the bandwagon when the going is good. My finest memory is of the 1969 series, sitting in my family's kitchen in Brooklyn with my brother and rooting for their big win and then going into the street and yelling with all the neighbors to celebrate! 1986 - 2006--sounds good to me! Judy, Brooklyn
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Louisa 
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I was born into a Met obsessed family--we even had the album of songs the Mets recorded after the 1969 World Series win. It was painful to listen to these off-key attempts, but we listened! I recounted my childhood through your essays--those long, summer nights of hoping and willing our team to win. What a pleasure to read your wonderful, nostalgic accounts of our team.
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Jason Solomon 
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Professor Brand,

As I stated in my e-mail to you, I think it is terrific that you are composing a book about your experiences over the years as a Mets fan. I got a chuckle out of your chapter on Mike & the Maddog, in part because of how accurate you are in your description of their style. Your piece on taking your daughter to the games is clearly from the heart and it is that kind of raw emotion, I feel, that will reasonate with readers. I am looking forward to the finished product and wish you nothing but the best, from one Mets fan to another.

Best regards,
Jason
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Like whatI read so far! How about Ralph Kiner .Ilearned alot about base ball hisory from him. ppokerpop
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Laura B. 
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These essays are so much fun to read! They capture the spirit of being a Met fan and I think everyone who loves the team and loves the game will see themselves in these charming snapshots.
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Vicki 
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Hi Dana,
I loved your article about being a Mets fan. If I didn't know any better, you
could have been describing my life. I am 52 years old, and my father was also
a die hard Brooklyn Dodger fan who could never root for the Yankees. I too,
got excited about the Mantle & Maris chase, but could never root for the
Yankees. I too became a Mets fan in 1962, and suffered through the bad
times, all the while dreaming of the elusive World Series Championship. I grew up in Little Neck, Queens, and went to many games with my parents at the Polo Grounds and Shea. In 1969, I was 16 and my friends and I would take the bus to Flushing and walk across the bridge to Shea. That was such a magical year. I had a crush on Ken Boswell, my friend Marla loved Art Shamsky and my other friend Candy loved Tom Seaver. But we were diehard Mets fans, and rooted for
everyone. Gil Hodges was a tie in to the old Brooklyn Dodgers, and I was glad for my Dad's sake. I remember riding home on the public bus from HS with a transistor, listening to the 5th game of the World Series. I got home just in time
to see them win it all. It was one of the best experiences in my life. In the
subsequent years I went through ups and downs, always hoping for another miracle.
The past years have been frustrating, but this year almost feels like 1969 again. You are so right that the Mets fans can feel an accomplishment whenever the Mets get into the playoffs or a World Series that the Yankees fans can never feel, despite their successes. My son is a Yankee fan, but he can never say
that I am not a true Mets fan. I too bleed blue and orange just like you, and am proud of that. Thank you for speaking up for all of us Mets Fans. I can't wait for the book to come out. There is another fun book out that Mets fans will love, called For Mets Fans Only by Rich Wolfe. Let's Go Mets!
Vicki
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ward 
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once a MET fan always a MET fan. I saw myself in your stories. Would love to read more.
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Themetsfan1 
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This is great.

Best of luck
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Christine from Manhasset 
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These essays are all MET fan!
A collection of them will make a wonderful book that I would definitely buy.
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Chris in Virginia 
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I read Dana Brand's wonderful op-ed in Newsday last year and it brought tears to my eyes. I am very enthusiastic about this book, and I know a bunch of people I'm definitely going to buy it for. He really captures the essence of what it means to be a true Mets fan, which I have been since the very early and defining days.
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