Book Review – The Bad Guys Won! by Jeff Pearlman

A behind-the-scenes look at one of baseball’s most infamous teams, Pearlman takes you inside the locker room and into the personal lives of the 1986 New York Mets. He takes you on a journey through the pivotal games and their “amazin” run through the playoffs, which culminated in the World Series, and of course, with Bill Buckner.

Love ’em or hate ’em, if you were a baseball fan in the 80’s you remember these guys. If they weren’t one of the most talented teams of the past few decades, they were definitely one of the most colorful. Mookie, Keith, Straw, Doc, the Kid, Nails, etc were an unforgettable cast of characters. They trashed hotels, planes, bars, and basically left a trail of carnage in their wake, both on and off the field.

These guys would kick your ass, party all night, then come back the next day and kick your ass again. I found myself laughing out loud while reading this on several occasions. It also leaves you wondering what might have been, if young phenoms like Dwight “Doc” Gooden and Darryl Strawberry had just learned to moderate their off the field behavior before it was too late. A must read, not just for Mets fans, but fans of the game with a great sense of humor.