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Mr. Met
Mr. Met

Mr. Met

How a Sports-Mad Kid from Jersey Became Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers
By Jay Horwitz, Foreword by Jacob deGrom

SPORTS & RECREATION

272 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $28.00 (US $28.00) (CA $38.00)

ISBN 9781629377919

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2020)

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Overview

"He really is Mr. Met." – Jacob deGrom
Anyone who knows Jay Horwitz knows he loves stories, and has a wealth of them to share. As the beloved, longtime PR director for the New York Mets, he has witnessed and quietly shaped some of the most memorable moments in team history, becoming a trusted friend and mentor to generations of players, from Darryl Strawberry to Jacob deGrom. In this fascinating memoir, Horwitz tells the unlikely story of a childhood dream come true, offering an unparalleled insider's perspective on four dynamic and unpredictable decades of Mets baseball. Featuring reflections and anecdotes only Horwitz can tell, on subjects ranging from clubhouse hijinks, to the chaotic New York media scene, to navigating moments of greatness and defeat, Mr. Met is a remarkable behind-the-scenes ride that fans will not want to miss.

Reviews

"I've never met an individual more passionate about the New York Mets and more caring towards its players. Jay was always one of the first high fives after big wins and the first words of encouragement after tough losses." —SEVEN-TIME ALL-STAR DAVID WRIGHT  

"Jay was always there for me and he was there for all of the guys. We considered him one of us… He is one of my closest friends and there isn't anything I wouldn't do for him and I know he would do the same for me." —FOUR-TIME ALL-STAR JOHN FRANCO

"Mr. Met gives fans an inside look into Jay's 40-year career with the New York Mets. I have personally heard Jay's stories time and time again, and truthfully, they never get old. Readers will gain a unique perspective on how Jay dealt with players behind the scenes, how the organization helped the city heal in the aftermath of 9/11, and much more." —NEW YORK METS COO JEFF WILPON

"Jay Horwitz is a New York treasure. He has been part of the fabric of New York sports for parts of five decades. In this book, Mr. Met takes us down memory lane, and we smile and laugh during every step of the journey. Jay's entertaining stories are real and often hysterical—and no doubt a part of Mets' lore. Jay's life in baseball has been mystical, mythical, and magical and this book confirms it. What a fun read." —WNBC-TV NEW YORK LEAD SPORTS ANCHOR BRUCE BECK

"As a young manager, I was fortunate to witness all the benefits that stemmed from Jay's unique ability to build the trust necessary in a clubhouse. With excellence, dedication, and humor, Jay has made it a way of life to shine a light on the great stories of the Mets and our national pastime." —HALL OF FAMER JOE TORRE

Author Biography

Jay Horwitz is Vice President of Alumni Relations and Club Historian for the New York Mets. He spent nearly four decades at the helm of the team's media relations. In 2019, he was the recipient of the annual William J. Slocum/Jack Lang Award for long and meritorious service, awarded by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Steve Kettmann is the co-director of a Northern California writers' retreat called the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods and the Publisher of Wellstone Books. He's the author or co-author of several previous books, including four New York Times bestsellers.

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Past Events


Aug
06
Jay Horwitz's "Mr. Met" ›

7:00pm
Author Jay Horwitz will be doing a virtual event for his book "Mr. Met" hosted by Bookends Bookstore. https://bookends-106719.square.site/

Press Releases

Mr. Met: How a Sports-Mad Kid From Jersey Became

Like Family to Generations of Big Leaguers

By Jay Horwitz / Foreword by Jacob deGrom

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

Anyone who knows Jay Horwitz knows he loves stories and has a wealth of them to share. As the beloved, longtime PR director for the New York Mets, he has witnessed and quietly shaped some of the most memorable moments in team history, becoming a trusted friend and mentor to generations of players, from Darryl Strawberry to Jacob deGrom. In this fascinating memoir, Horwitz tells the unlikely story of a childhood dream come true. A fresh perspective on the life of a legend, Mr. Met (Triumph Books, May 19, 2020) is a delightful, intimate life-story that will thrill long-time fans of the New York Mets.

 

This recollection features reflections and anecdotes only Horwitz can tell, on subjects ranging from clubhouse hijinks to the chaotic New York media scene to navigating moments of greatness and defeat, Mr. Met is a remarkable behind-the-scenes ride that fans will not want to miss. Highlights include:

 

  • A heartfelt foreword from New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom sharing Jay Horwitz’s dedication and support during deGrom’s first years in the spotlight
  • An intimate look at Horwitz’s childhood detailing his family and father who propelled Horwitz’s passion for sports
  • Tales of his early career in basketball with future NBA players and as a sportswriter, and the interview that landed him in his PR role for the New York Mets
  • Rare stories that delve into the locker room antics and career milestones with the New York Mets players, managers and notable figures such as Davey Johnson, Bobby Valentine, David Wright and many more

 

About the Author:

Jay Horwitz is Vice President of Alumni Relations and Club Historian for the New York Mets. He spent nearly four decades at the helm of the team's media relations. In 2019, he was the recipient of the annual William J. Slocum/Jack Lang Award for long and meritorious service, awarded by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

 

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