Devin Gordon, author of a new book recalling the amusing five-decade history of the New York Mets, recently spoke with several fans on a Zoom call hosted by the Brotherhood of Temple Judea in Manhasset.
Gordon shared several anecdotes from his book, “So Many Ways To Lose: The Amazin’ True Story of the New York Mets – The Best Worst Team in Sports.”
Host Stanley Goldklang, president of the Temple Judea Brotherhood, asked Gordon to capsulize his book. “This book is about losing!” said Gordon, who supported the case for his book’s title. It describes many notable mistakes the Mets have made over the years – on and off the field. This is no mockery, he assured his audience. Gordon, wearing a Mets jersey, described himself as a lifelong, enthusiastic Mets fan.
Having written for Newsweek and GQ magazines, Gordon also had written a story about the Mets’ stellar SNY broadcasting trio for The New York Times.
From that, his agent hatched the idea of penning a book that would reminisce about Flushing’s lovable losers.
The hour-long interview and Q&A provided an amusing and enjoyable inside foray into the mistakes, misreadings and miscalculations of the Mets players and managers.
Gordon drew chuckles when he recalled that during Casey Stengel’s years as the first Mets manager, he urged fans to “come out and see my amazin’ Mets. I have been in this game a hundred years, but I see new ways to lose I never knew existed before.”
It was a rollicking evening, and some fans shared their own experiences at Mets games.
At the culmination of the meeting, the attendees were asked to hold up souvenirs, plaques and other memorabilia that they had acquired over the years. Unbelievably – you might say “amazingly” – almost everyone held up a Mets souvenir for a screenshot.
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