So Many Ways to Lose: The Amazin’ True Story of the New York Mets―the Best Worst Team in Sports is a baseball history like no other, covering the team that wins when they should lose and loses when they should win. There is no team quite like the Mets in all of baseball.
In So Many Ways to Lose, creator and long lasting Mets fan Devin Gordon filters through the waste of Queens for a baseball history like no other. Recall the time the Mets lost an All-Star after he got charged by a wild pig? Or the time they blew a six-run 10th inning lead at the pinnacle of a pennant race? Or on the other hand the time they terminated their manager before he at any point had managed a game? Sure you do. It was just two years prior, and it was all in a similar season. The Mets have an unparalleled present for getting it in reverse, doing the unimaginable, grabbing triumph from the jaws of rout, and afterward grabbing rout directly back once more.
And yet, just ask any Mets fan: amazing and/or miraculous postseason runs are as much a piece of our group’s way of life as losing 120 games in 1962. The DNA of seasons like 1969, the first Miracle Mets, and the 1973 “Ya Gotta Believe” Mets, who went from last to Game 7 of the World Series in two months, and the force to be reckoned with 1986 Mets, has encoded in us this hapless sense that an inversion of fortune is consistently conceivable. It’s occurred previously. It’s sort of our thing. Also, presently we have Steve Cohen’s multifaceted investments billions to play with! What could turn out badly?
In this amusing history of the Mets and love letter to the specialty of fiasco, Devin Gordon presents baseball the manner in which it truly is, not in the contemplative sepia tones we’ve generally expected from different sportswriters. En route, he clarifies the contrast between being terrible and being skilled at losing, and why this qualification holds the way to understanding the genuine amazin’ sorcery of the New York Mets.
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About New York Mets
The Mets debuted as a franchise in 1962 and went on to a 40-120 record, which still stands as the worst regular season record in MLB history for a 162 game season. For the first six years of the franchise they never finished above second-to-last in their division until 1969 when they defeated the Baltimore Orioles in one of the biggest upsets in MLB history.
New York would add a second World Series trophy in 1986 with a team lead by Keith Hernandez, Doc Gooden, and Darryl Strawberry.
About the Author
Devin Gordon is a contributing writer for a number of publications, including the The Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, and ESPN the Magazine. He has served as executive editor at GQ Magazine and was a writer and editor at Newsweek. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, two kids and their dog.
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So Many Ways to Lose Questions
Who is the best Mets player of all-time?
The Mets have seen many Hall of Fame caliber talents take the field over the years, but there is one name that stands above the rest: Tom Seaver.
Seaver played twelve seasons with the Mets and is the franchise’s all-time leader in wins, ERA, strikeouts, complete games, starts, and shutouts.
As far as position players go, you have to go with David Wright. He spent his whole career with the Mets and holds many team records including most hits, most runs scored, most RBIs, and most career WAR. He is also second on the team’s all-time homerun list with 242.