While several of the players on that team have written books or had books written about them, this one is a little different in that many players (and the widow of the late Gary Carter) were very open with the author to share their current adventures and memories of that season.
These players were very
open in their stories and opinions with Sherman and he wrote these in a breezy
and conversational manner that readers will enjoy.
I wish to thank Berkley
Press for providing a copy of the book through NetGalley in exchange for an
. It feels like the reader is
sitting in on the conversation – whether it is Darryl Strawberry talking about
his ministry, Lenny Dykstra telling the reader about being the most hated
player in baseball in his entertaining style or Danny Heep quietly becoming a
very successful college baseball coach. Here is my review of “Kings of Queens.”
“Kings of Queens: Life
Beyond Baseball with the ’86 Mets” by Erik Sherman
(pre-order at time of posting):
Whether the reader
wants to find out if the players from that team are succeeding now, what their
favorite memories are of the 1986 season or just enjoy an easy and entertaining
book, this is one that baseball fans – especially Mets fans – will want to add
to the library.
The 1986 season was a
magical one for the New York Mets. For example, a reader will learn not only that Kevin
Mitchell believed he was traded from the Mets because he was allegedly a bad
influence on the star players but also that the team doesn’t invite him back
for any special events or celebrations. Erik Sherman interviewed fourteen of the
players on that team and also the widow of catcher Gary Carter, took the
information and put it all together in this entertaining book on the lives of
these players since that special year.
These are not the typical “where are they now” accounts of these players as
they share with Sherman not only what they are doing now, but also memories of
the season and the team. The team not only won the World Series that
season, they also captured the heart of New York and many fans still have fond
memories of the players on that team. It came together in an excellent book.
4 ½ of 5 stars (excellent)
Happy Leap Day! Given an extra day for the year, I took advantage and read a book on one of the most beloved teams in New York, the 1986 New York Mets