To many New
Yorkers who came of age in the 1980s as Mets fans, Keith Hernandez is the Mets.
Two decades after his last game in a New York uniform, the first captain in Mets
history is still with them, literally. He's spent most of the last decade in the
broadcast booth at Shea Stadium watching the rise and fall of the club and, just
as he did when he played, calling it as he sees it.
Opinionated, funny, urbane, and unafraid to poke holes in the team or himself, Hernandez is a master at relating the unseen game on the field. Shea Good-Bye carries on the high standards of Hernandez's earlier best-selling books. He recalls Shea Stadium both fondly and matter-of-factly in its last year of existence, lamenting the loss of the stadiums he knew, replaced with flashier bandboxes that favor home runs and negate strategy. He looks at the 2008 season and all the hope that arrived with the Johan Santana deal and how much of the optimism went out the window with the team's stumble out of the gate. He speaks frankly on the taint of steroids in the Mitchell Report and how the game has been compromised, as well as the firing of Willie Randolph.
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