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Faith and Fear in Flushing made its debut on Feb. 16, 2005, the brainchild of two longtime friends and lifelong Met fans.

Greg Prince discovered the Mets when he was 6, during the magical summer of 1969. He is a Long Island-based writer, editor and communications consultant. Contact him here.

Jason Fry is a Brooklyn writer whose first memories include his mom leaping up and down cheering for Rusty Staub. Check out his other writing here.

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Step Right Up and Meet The Log

In this notebook is scrawled the history of every official Major League Baseball game I’ve ever attended. Each Flashback Friday in 2008 will be devoted to culling its numbers and telling its tales, starting with the night in 1981 I began filling in its blanks.

5 comments to Step Right Up and Meet The Log

  • Anonymous

    Hi Greg,
    We all know you've been to more than 120 games in the last 27 years so either your writing is very tiny or your summarizations are kept to a brief line or two in order for all of your experiences to fit into that 60 sheet (120 page) notebook of yours.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah. How many books is the log, really?
    And, is there a second log of games not attended?
    The people need to know.

  • Anonymous

    Only need one line per game. Using the first Tales post as an example:

    8/15/81 Sa Philadelphia 2-1 Leach 1 5-13 W 3-1

    Date of game
    Day of week
    My record vs opponent
    Met starting pitcher
    Times I've seen starting pitcher
    My record (Mets W-L in games I've attended)
    Result and score
    That's all I need to write down. Everything else is up here (pointing at my head) or here (pointing at retrosheet and other such helpful sites).

  • Anonymous

    Hi Greg,
    So, if there are just 20 lines per sheet and 120 sheets, that means you have room to log 2,400 ball games. Divide that by 27 years and (considering the log spans three strike-shortened seasons) it means attending an average of maybe 91 games per year to fill it up.
    81 home games plus ten road contests each season…. that doesn't sound too unreasonable.

  • Anonymous

    clearly the log knows who's who and what's what: it's “gregg-ruled.”
    any steno, and thus any steno pad, knows there's no points off for typos.