Final Update: In my ultimate generosity the contest has been (briefly) extended through midnight tonight. If you’re reading this and you haven’t yet made a submission…shame on you! It’s a free book for Keith’s sake!
It’s time for a cherry to be popped here on TRDMB – we’ll be giving away copies of Greg Prince’s recently published book -Â Faith and Fear in Flushing!
The New York Mets fan is an Amazinâ€™ creature whose species finds its voice at last in Greg Princeâ€™s Faith and Fear In Flushing, the definitive account of what it means to root for and live through the machinations of an endlessly fascinating if often frustrating baseball team.
Prince, coauthor of the highly regarded blog of the same name, examines how the life of the franchise mirrors the life of its fans, particularly his own. Unabashedly and unapologetically, Prince stands up for all Mets fans and, by proxy, sports fans everywhere in exploring how we root, why we take it so seriously, and what it all means.
What was it like to enter a baseball world about to be ruled by the Mets in 1969? To understand intrinsically that You Gotta Believe? To overcome the trade of an idol and the dissolution of a roster? To hope hard for a comeback and then receive it in thrilling fashion in 1986? To experience the constant ups and downs the Mets would dispense for the next two decades? To put ups with the Yankees right next door? To make the psychic journey from Shea Stadium to Citi Field? To sort the myths from the realities? Greg Prince, as he has done for thousands of loyal Faith and Fear in Flushing readers daily since 2005, puts it all in perspective as only he can.
Skyhorse Publishing has been gracious enough to provide us with not only this enthralling description of Faith and Fear in Flushing, but also with three copies of the book to give away to our contest winners. You can check out Greg Prince’s blog here, and you can watch/listen to a certain Gary Cohen on every SNY Mets broadcast, who wrote an afterward for the book.
Imagine a world where John Sterling was the radio announcer for the Mets (gasp!). That may send chills down your spine, but Sterling’s home-run calls are undeniably over-the-top fun. We’d like to see if you can come up with some Sterling-esque home-run calls of your own, for our very own Metsies! For this contest we’ll use David Wright as our guinea pig. Use all of your brain power to come up with the most creative, over the top, pun-filled, and clever home-run call for David Wright!
The example I came up with for Daniel Murphy is “The Mets just chugged a mug of Murphy’s Irish Stoutta here!” It’s terrible – so do David Wright prouder than I did to Murphy!
You can send your submission to email@example.com with the subject line “Contest Entry”. Please include your username (yes, you must be registered with NLEastChatter/TRDMB to win!), first name, hometown, and contact info (a valid email address is fine) in your entry. All submissions must be sent by 8:00pm, Tuesday June 30 and the winners will be revealed the following day. Get to work readers, and good luck! (please limit one submission per user)
Disclaimer: International fans are welcome to participate in the contest, but shipping fees would apply to any international winners.