Mark your calendars, your Blackberries and your whatever ya got for March 23 at 7 PM and the return of AMAZIN’ TUESDAYS to Two Boots Tavern, the Lower East Side’s foremost bastion of Metsdom.
The Mets-themed reading and venting series that was infinitely more successful in 2009 than the team on which it focused makes its 2010 debut just as Spring Training will be growing interminable and the wait for Opening Day will be passing intolerable. We — that’s Jon Springer of Mets By The Numbers and I — are pleased to reignite our regular Metsfests by welcoming two distinctly Metsian voices to the Two Boots stage: the Mets Poet, Frank Messina, author of Full Count; and Edward Hoyt, a major contributor to the must-have 1969 tribute volume, The Miracle Has Landed. Both are gifted Met writers and sincere Met thinkers. You’ll enjoy hearing from them both.
In addition to bringing a Met baseball card and having Two Boots proprietor Phil Hartman buy you a beer, you will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of the brand new paperback edition of Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets, signed by the author (me again), for 10 bucks. All proceeds from FAFIF sales at Two Boots on March 23 will go to Sharon Chapman’s marathon fundraising efforts on behalf of the Tug McGraw Foundation and its fight against brain cancer — more about which you can learn here. The paperback edition includes an epilogue on the first season at Citi Field, in case you were wondering if it’s the same exact book you already read.
(I’m not 100% sure right now how many copies I’ll have on hand, but you can contribute to Sharon’s and Tug’s cause that night and I’ll be sure to mail you out a book, inscribed any way you like, shortly thereafter.)
Great pizza, fine beverages and an evening of Mets talk while they’re still 0-0. Who can ask for anything more? We look forward to seeing you in two weeks.
Two Boots Tavern is at 384 Grand St., between Norfolk and Suffolk. You can take the F to Delancey; the J, M or Z to Essex; or the B or D to Grand. Phone: 212/228-8685.