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Pedro, Carlos, and Omar: The Story of a Season in the Big Apple and the Pursuit of Baseball's Top Latino Stars Hardcover – Mar 1 2006

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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592288758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592288755
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,513,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Pedro, Carlos, Omar, Willie, Marlon Anderson and Mike DeJean Sept. 21 2006
By Jason A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Pedro, Carlos and Omar" is essentially an extended compilation of Daily News articles about the 2005 Mets. The book is edited well and tells a coherent story about how Omar Minaya was lured back into the Mets' fold by an ownership group tired of three straight losing season, with the promise of complete autonomy over the roster. The Wilpons fired two managers, Bobby Valentine and Art Howe -- each of whom had recent playoff experience, Valentine in the World Series -- and replaced him with Willie Randolph, who'd never managed in the big leagues before but who did have four Series rings as a Yankees coach. What contributions could Minaya and Randolph bring to the team?

Plenty, as it turns out. The Mets went out and did something they'd never done before -- signed a high-profile slugger under the age of 30 to a long-term, multi-million dollar contract. Say farewell to the shameful days of George Foster and Mo Vaughn. Along with Carlos Beltran came Pedro Martinez, fresh off his shutout in Game 3 of the World Series, with the hopes of getting Manny Ramirez right behind. Could Beltran bear up under big-market pressure? Could Pedro keep his sometimes whimsical, sometimes antagonistic attitude in check for a full year? Could he beat the Yankees?

The Mets don't make the playoffs in 2005. That has to wait for a thus-far glorious 2006 campaign that will probably be summarized in an afterword to the paperback edition of this book. However, they did finish third, at four games over .500 -- their best finish since the 2000 World Series season. They re-energized the fan base, capitalized on Fred Wilpon's promise to play "meaningful games in September", and gave a full year's experience to two youngsters who'd energize Queens in '06: David Wright and Jose Reyes. Best of all, they got rid of Braden Looper.

One caution: this is not hard-hitting investigative journalism. Apart from a few glimpses into the future, "Pedro, Carlos and Omar" is told one day at a time, in straight chronological order, and only with quotes taken from game-day articles. No-one is interviewed after the end of the season to provide perspective or commentary. This is not so much the untold story of the 2005 Mets, as a retelling of what we already knew from Rubin's Daily News articles from that year.

However, read in the run-up to the '06 playoffs, this book is a nice training montage showing how the Mets started to put it all together a year ago.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Must Have for Die Hards! March 3 2006
By Dan M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just got the book today and I can't put it down. A few friends commented to me about how strange it was for a book to be written about an unremarkable 2005 team... but if you're a die hard Mets fan, you won't think it's an unremarkable season. The hiring of Omar Minaya began the overhall, along with the signings of Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran.

Adam Rubin writes well, as anyone who reads his Daily News pieces can attest to. His inside look at the season provides information even the biggest Mets fans probably don't know, such as Carlos Beltran getting stuck in a Shea Stadium elevator on the way to his press conference.

I'm looking forward to finishing the book, but I can already recommend it to everyone who loves the Mets.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Non-Mets Fan April 19 2006
By Baseball Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not being an avid Mets fan, I was not sure about reading the book. However, any baseball fan would enjoy this read.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must read for any baseball fan April 15 2006
By R Altman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Adam Rubin has done a fantastic job of providing a look at the beginning of the overhaul of the Mets with a look at the 2005 season and how the team was put together. Adam has a knack for bringing it all together in a way that not only Mets fans, but all baseball fans will truly enjoy. This book is not to be missed!!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Little Disappointing March 23 2006
By Mike S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book was okay, but as a big Met fan I wished that Rubin had been willing to go a little deeper so I could learn more about what made these guys tick. A pleasant read, but somewhat superficial.