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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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No News Is…OUCH!

We have a saying around our house: We don't want to be on News 12.

In the first three years we lived here, our neighborhood was featured on Long Island's cable news outlet five times that I can remember for reasons that had nothing to do with a plethora of National Merit Scholars or our rousing Memorial Day parade. And we live in what I believe to be a pretty decent neighborhood.

• A car crashed through a bagel shop window.

• A high school teacher was apprehended for conducting funny business with one of his students.

• A would-be bank robber was pursued from yard to yard on foot.

• Natural gas leaked one morning, necessitating an evacuation of residents of an area co-op.

• And an apartment in the same co-op caught fire thanks to a halogen lamp meeting a fish tank.

The 2004 gas leak was in our parking lot and the 2007 fire took place in our building. I was wide awake for the fire, which was pretty scary to find out about while it was in progress. I learned of the gas leak evacuation on News 12, many hours after cluelessly sleeping through it.

We don't want our neighborhood to be on News 12. And we didn't want the back pages for our Mets this Sunday morning.

But we got 'em.

The back page of the News: SAY IT AIN'T SO, 'HAN!

The back page of the Post: SAY IT AIN'T JO

The back page of Newsday: OUCH!

No need to fill in the sub-headlines. You know what the fright was all about. You know that icy feeling you feel when the Mets are on the back page at the beginning of March for anything more topical than another round of team-to-beatery.

For what it's worth (hopefully a lot), news regarding Johan Santana generated since these papers were printed is sunnier. Johan has tested his left elbow, declared himself feeling loose and the Mets have decided against a flight to snowy New York to run an MRI on our ace's platinum triceps tendon.

Ain't that good news? Man, ain't that news?

It's March 1. Opening Day is five WBC-necessitated weeks away. Plenty of time to heal. Plenty of time for something to not heal, too. Bill Pulsipher was gonna be out maybe a couple of days. Pedro Martinez was just going to need to give it some rest.

Once the pitcher on whom you're counting makes the back pages for reasons that make you nervous, you just as soon sleep through it.

Unequivocally good news, I hope, is Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets is available for pre-ordering now via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine retailers.

7 comments to No News Is…OUCH!

  • Anonymous

    Don't worry – Johan uses that magic liniment. That'll fix him!

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully that 'magic' cream isn't purchased in the Dominican Republic!

  • Anonymous

    The thing that gets me is that he said he rushed his throwing in hopes of pitching in the WBC, and that's what caused the injury. When are TPTB going to realize that the WBC is a bad idea?

  • Anonymous

    I'm honestly surprised it took a year for this to happen. Something about the frickin Met uniform causes everything to go to hell.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Greg,
    After the way the Mets botched handling Ryan Church's concussion last year I'm leary about anything optomistic they might say regarding possible injuries.
    Even though we had a major snow storm in New York why not have an MRI performed in Florida just to eliminate all doubts? I'm sure there must be someone down there qualified to administer the test. The Mets also have their own medical staff in St. Lucie. Not to mention that test results can be internetted to physicians in New York for evaluation.
    Or are ticket sales so bad that the Wilpons are trying to cut expenses wherever possible?

  • Anonymous

    What a great blog post. My favorite musical (that I watched last night into the wee small hours of the morning) and the Mets. I abhor the WBC I mean really please take our best players and put them into a uber competitive situation at this point in the season for someone other then the team that pays them. Sure have someone get hurt and ruin our season. The only time I am for Wright or Santana or anyone for that matter playing for another team is when they play for the National League at the All-Star Game.

  • Anonymous

    HEY!!! We put GOOD news on the air too, y'know!! We DO! All the time! Well… lots of the time. Okay, sometimes.