While researching another story, I stumbled on to this “open letter” former Mets general manager Frank Cashen wrote for the New York Times. It is fascinating, to say the least, because:

a. Cashen took the initiative to include Mets fans on what the organization would do to build a winning team and how they would execute their plan
b. The letter reveals the nuances of the now defunct reentry draft
c. How free agency operated in the pre-Boras days, when “A List” free agents were bid on openly by potential suitors

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The Bad Guys Won

While the 2004 New York Mets were inside Shea Stadium getting pounded by the St. Louis Cardinals, Jeff Pearlman was in the parking lot spreading the word about the 1986 World Champion New York Mets.

Pearlman, author of The Bad Guys Won which chronicles the ’86 Mets wild ride both on and off the field, spent his Thursday afternoon slapping promotional flyers for his book on the windshields of Met fans cars with the help of a couple friends.

This was not Harper Collins’ idea, it was writer’s brainchild.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stepped out of a black sedan. Wearing stylish sunglasses, a black suite and black tie, he looked dressed for a funeral. Brady hustled past the media and into a lower Manhattan courtroom.

Unlike almost every other starting NFL quarterback, Brady is spending his days between Patriots camp and courtroom hearings, where he is fighting tooth-and-nail to salvage his credibility and legacy that includes four Super Bowl championships and three Super Bowl MVP awards.

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