This is an excerpt from Jimmy Breslin’s classic book on the 1962 Mets, Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?: The Improbable Saga of the New York Mets’ First Year. I sat down and read the entire 128-page book between innings of a recent Mets game. Breslin was funny, thoughtful, passionate and insightful in describing the original Mets. I was struck by the mix of hope and despair that the fan base experienced throughout the season.