• The Bad Guys Won

  • A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform - and Maybe the Best
  • By: Jeff Pearlman
  • Narrated by: Jeff Pearlman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jeff Pearlman returns to an innocent time when a city worshipped a man named Mookie and the Yankees were the second-best team in New York.

It was 1986, and the New York Mets won 108 regular-season games and the World Series, capturing the hearts (and other assorted body parts) of fans everywhere. But their greatness on the field was nearly eclipsed by how bad they were off it. Led by the indomitable Keith Hernandez and the young dynamic duo of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, along with the gallant Scum Bunch, the Amazin's left a wide trail of wreckage in their wake-hotel rooms, charter planes, a bar in Houston, and most famously Bill Buckner and the hated Boston Red Sox.

With an unforgettable cast of characters - including Doc, Straw, the Kid, Nails, Mex, and manager Davey Joshson - this "affectionate but critical look at this exciting season" (Publishers Weekly) celebrates the last of baseball's arrogant, insane, rock-and-roll-and-party-all-night teams, exploring what could have been, what should have been, and what never was.

©2004, 2011 Jeff Pearlman (P)2021 Tantor

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This is a pretty good book, I remember the 1986 season and though I wasn't a Mets fan I followed the game closely in those days. There were a couple of reasons this book didn't get a higher ranking from me.
First, Moneyball author Michael Lewis received a pre publication copy and after reading it told the author that it was pretty good but that everyone was an asshole. I have to agree with that assessment, because, yeah, almost every one of them comes off that way.
My second issue is with the author himself who seems to lament the lack of that abhorrent behavior in "modern'" player. He bemoans the players of the 2000's who would sit quietly and listen to their I-Pods rather than smoke, drink, use drugs get into fights with their teammates, abuse the cabin crew, and worst of all, they never have food fights on the airplane. Evidently they don't provide the same level of fun and excitement, not to mention good stories for baseball writers.

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Reliving the greatest summer of my life.

1986 was magical and the Mets were a big part of that. This is a must listen for any Mets or Baseball fan. Thanks for the memories!!!