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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.

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This Time, 162

A quick reminder to our boys wrapped in orange and blue layers for when they begin their season in Arctic conditions today or tomorrow or whenever there isn’t a projected 29-degree wind chill with 60% chance of snow showers in Cincinnati:

Play every game. There are 162 on your slate. Play all of them. Play all of them as well as you can. Don’t take days off unless you, as an individual, have been in fact given the day off. Keep playing. Play now, play later, play to the end. Play hard 162 times. Do not let your minds wander after a dozen or so games. Do not spiral into a funk after sixty or so games. Do not mentally wander the desert after 120 games. Consider the season as an in-progress entity even after you’ve reached the black-magical mark of 145 games. At that juncture, institutional memory will tell you to ease up, not compete and lose more often than you win.

Do not listen to it. You are contracted to play all 162. You start, the schedule says, this afternoon. You keep going straight through to October 4 at least.

At least.

Thank you in advance for your efforts on our behalf. Please don’t make us regret our faith in you again.

A great way to wait out rain delays is to read Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets, available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or a bookstore near you. Keep in touch and join the discussion on Facebook.

8 comments to This Time, 162

  • Anonymous

    It's amazing what a great bullpen can do in terms of keeping the mind focused on winning. Perhaps we will see that first-hand this year.

  • Anonymous

    And a great way to increase sales of the upcoming paperback edition is to include all kinds of favorable reviews on other blogs.

  • Anonymous

    If only I can fine one.

  • Anonymous

    OT – but I'm looking for 1 ticket for opening day. I would trade 2 of my tickets from my Sat plan for 1 OD seat. I have seats in Prom. reserved inf. sec 522. Let me know if anyone is interested in a swap…

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Great Knute Rockne inspirational-type speech.
    – Let's win this for the gipper!

  • Anonymous

    Kayrodgreenputzazine – the new anti-anxiety medicine!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, the Mets used three relievers today & not once did I injure my neck while following the arc of another soul-crushing game losing opponent home run! I LIKE this feeling & I hope I get very used to it.