Still glowing from an improbable Football Team victory Thursday night (no coverage here: that’s what you get for posting early!), and having sweated out another Notre Dame victory Saturday afternoon, I found myself with little to watch football-wise Saturday and Sunday evenings. (Well, a million games I don’t care about.)
Enter ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 offering, “Once Upon a Time in Queens.” The story of the 1980s Mets, culminating in their World Championship in ’86, “Queens” isn’t the happiest saga ever told, but 30 for 30 episodes never are. (It’s ESPN, remember.)
The ’80s Mets were known as party boys, frat boys, bad boys: players known for their drug problems and management known for its racism. The fans? They were known for all of those things too.
In other words, perfect drama for 30 for 30.
If you’ve followed baseball at all the past 35 years you know all these stories already. You’ve seen replays of all the well-known games, including each contest in the ’86 Mets’ two classic playoff series.
Did I care I’d seen it all before?
Not in the slightest.
Four hours of my life very well spent.