A couple of weeks ago, unsolicited, a copy of Howard Megdal’s “Taking the Field: A Fan’s Quest to Run the Team He Loves” was sent to me.
To be totally candid, when I opened up the mailing envelope, and I saw what was sent, at first blush, my reaction was: “They sent this to the wrong guy. I’m a Yankees fan. Why would I have interest in anything that is likely to be Mets fan drivel?” And, related, I threw the book in a pile with some other stuff that I was ignoring at that time.
Then, by chance, in a moment of total boredom and morbid curiosity, I cracked it open one day and starting reading it.
Guess what? Right out of the chute, ”Taking the Field: A Fan’s Quest to Run the Team He Loves” was very engrossing. And, the further I read, the more I wanted to read on.
I found Megdal’s book to be very well written, funny, and quite enjoyable – even if the subject matter was the Mets. And, if you can get past the fact that it’s about the Mets, and just read “Taking the Field,” you may see yourself in this book…if you’re a passionate fan of a baseball team.
You can probably count the number of times you’re likely to see me recommend a book about the Mets on Carlos May’s right hand. But, Howard Megdal’s “Taking the Field: A Fan’s Quest to Run the Team He Loves” is one worth checking out. It’s a really nice read…even if it is about the Mets.