By Ira Berkow
Culled from 50 years’ worthy of columns from one of many country’s hottest sportswriters, this paintings stands as a extraordinary number of reviews that's certain to satisfaction Mets fanatics of every age. Former New York Times columnist Ira Berkow captures the spirit of the Mets during this unforgettable choice of evaluations, tales, and observations from his lengthy and special occupation as he interviews and reviews at the workforce. From stories of inaugural franchise supervisor Casey Stengel and corridor of Famer Tom Seaver to reflections on ace Johan Santana and the famous person David Wright, this assortment combines Berkow’s eye for aspect with the comedy and drama published by means of the topics themselves, bringing to existence Mets’ personalities from the final part century.
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And yet there I was, at the Devil Rays’ spring training complex in St. Petersburg, trying to hide my addiction and make the ballclub. The second half of that statement is debatable. My first drug suspension was over, but I don’t know how hard I tried to make the club, or even whether it was a possibility. My head wasn’t in it, and my heart followed. The Rays made a big move before the 2003 season, bringing Lou Piniella out of retirement to manage the team. Lou was known as an old-school hardass, the kind of guy who flourished working for George Steinbrenner and the Yankees.
Was it a fear of failure, or a fear of success? I started to question myself. I understood where the baseball people were coming from, but I was too young to see the bigger picture. The team was searching for an identity, and it was dying to put guys on the field who might be able to sell tickets and generate excitement even if the team wasn’t quite ready to win. The theme of spring 2001 around the Devil Rays could be described as optimistically defeatist. If the team was going to be bad anyway, why not be bad with young players who could get better and might be fun to watch?
And so, with that, I entered into Major League Baseball’s drug treatment program. I would be subject to stricter testing and a fifteen-game ban from playing. Since I wasn’t on an active roster, that didn’t matter much to me. In fact, I was remarkably unaffected by the whole thing. I convinced myself it wasn’t real, that I didn’t fail a test. It must have been a false positive or some other mistake. Maybe they got my sample mixed up with that of somebody else, a real drug user. That must have been it.