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Believeniks!: 2005, the Year We Wrote a Book about the Metsby Ivan Felt
Synopses & Reviews
Critic Ivan Felt and poet Harris Conklin are the Don Quixote and Sancho Panza of baseball fandom. Or, perhaps, the Felix and Oscar of baseball fandom. Or the Pollock and de Kooning. Or the Bugs and Daffy.
The New York Mets are, of course, the New York Mets of baseball.
In 2005, Felt and Conklin, lifelong friends and lifelong fans, determined to change the course of their own careers and of baseball history by doing what had never been done: writing their beloved team to a World Championship. The 2005 Mets, with a new manager and some of the spiffiest free agents on the market, seemed ready to take the world by storm. Felt and Conklin believed themselves up to the task. It is, after all, Belief (and free agents) that makes such dreams come true.
Believeniks! is the record of a journey. Felt and Conklin would, alas, fail to see their team attain that golden pinnacle in the clouds of baseball glory. As Believeniks! reveals, however, the season’s unfolding drama would leave two of baseball’s most erudite and excitable fans forever changed.
Two ardent fans offer a tongue-in-cheek chronicle of the New York Mets' 2005 season as they follow the team and its players on the path to a Mets World Series as they endeavor to unseat the hated Yankees. 25,000 first printing.
About the Author
Some are born to Mets fandom, others have it thrust upon them; born in Queens, in 1954, son of the first team doctor in Mets history, poet HARRIS CONKLIN claims both fates. Any fond memories of clubhouse hijinks are brief, alas, as his father was dismissed after failing to correctly diagnose a bone spur in the foot of Ed "The Original Met" Kranepool. A graduate of the City University of New York, he is a two-time fellow of the Chipwich Writer’s Colony. He presently teaches poetry and composition at Queens College, in Queens.
Born in 1953, IVAN FELT was raised in Greenwich Village. His parents—Albert, an accountant for the Textile Workers Union, and Sophie, a schoolteacher—were well-known as the folk duo “Albert and Sophie,” best remembered for their song “Two-Cent Plain.” Ivan, educated at NYU and Berkeley, is currently Alton Skutsch Carey Distinguished Professor of Commodity Aesthetics at Hunter College–CUNY and occupies space on the waiting lists of numerous middle income housing developments.
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