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Drugs, sex and groupies abound in this book by Pearlman, a reporter for Newsday. Only the author isn't a rock critic chronicling the wild escapades of a band; he's describing the very successful 1986 season when the New York Mets won the World Series. As remarkable as the team's performance on the field, the players' escapades outside the stadium are perhaps more memorable, in a far less flattering way. Pearlman, an unabashed Mets fan, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the team, including an insightful portrait of Frank Cashen, the general manager at the time. Pearlman discusses the trades, the players' abilities and unforgettable games. But much of the book is about the difficulties and the unprofessional behavior of many of the players. For example, on one rowdy flight back to New York, United Airlines billed the team an additional $7,500 for damage resulting from food fights and other unruly antics and said the team couldn't fly the airline again. Cashen was upset, but the manager, Davey Johnson, laughed as he tore up the bill in front of the team. The drug use that would become public later was not addressed at the time, though it was obvious to reporters. When asked whether Dwight Gooden was healthy, despite several minor car accidents, Johnson had nothing to say: "As long as Dwight Gooden was smiling and in good physical shape, Johnson required no knowledge about the pitcher's private time. Johnson was a manager, not a babysitter." Pearlman's book isn't simple nostalgia-some of the players have virtually disappeared from the public eye-and much of the wild off-field behavior is still part of the game today. Baseball aficionados, especially Mets fans, will enjoy this affectionate but critical look at this exciting season.
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In 1986, the New York Mets won the World Series, taking it from the Boston Red Sox in some of the most memorable baseball ever played. Pearlman doesn't really want to talk about that. He wants to tell you what terribly bad boys these Mets were. There is no boozing, drug use, or bimbo eruption that he does not describe, nor does he miss a single evil quote from one player about another. Doc Gooden's and Darryl Strawberry's silken and glorious talents are not examined nearly so much as their wastrel paths to drug and alcohol use are scrupulously detailed. Rampant sexism and underhanded racism were certainly part of the baseball scene in 1986, but must Pearlman revel in them with such glee? And the prose? Perlman goes purple at the slightest provocation: Bill Buckner's left ankle "throbbed like a transplanted heart." There is a lot not to like here, which is exactly why it will draw media interest and may well become one of the hottest-selling baseball books of the season. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Great anecdotes and stories from many different players and managers. Also context of NYC at that time.
Kept me interested from start to finish .
In depth read on the psyche of a sports - truly demonstrates both the beauty and beast of sports teamsPublished 22 months ago by frank biancucci
Probably Jeff Pearlman's best book, 'How The Bad Guys Won' details the 1986 New York Mets season. Very entertaining from the opening chapter on, it's another page turner from... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jeff Morant
I'v bever been disappointed by Jeff Pearlman so far...a good account of the 86 Mets...It is too bad that this bunch won....the bad guys won indeed!!!!Published 24 months ago by Steff66
This book is priceless merely for the description of the recording session where some of the Mets try to cut a "Super Bowl Shuffle" style rap song, titled "Get... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Victor Catano
If you are a fan of the Mets or a baseball history book, this is a must read. The book is very entertaining and an easy read.Published on July 7 2004 by Mark A. Haas
This was a very funny book that I enjoyed a lot. My wife bought it for me for father's day, even though i'm more of a yankee fan. still it was worth the time put into reading it. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
If Kevin Elster were a book, he'd be "The Bad Guys Won." I write this because Kevin is my favorite player ever, and this is one of my favorite baseball books. Read morePublished on July 6 2004