Spring Training with the Mets in Port St. Lucie is available on Amazon.com, BN.com, Booksamillion.com, as well as directly from the publisher, Fonthill media. Below is the front and back cover of the book.
The Mets have trained in St. Lucie since 1988, and this book chronicles the team’s history in this Florida town. It includes over 200 color photographs. Click here to order the book from a discount retailer.
Leiter and Piazza, a Winning Battery: Above, Al Leiter gets a microphone added to his shirt in preparation for an interview while Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda comes over to chat. In the background Bobby Valentine appears unconcerned with the communication between the man who “bleeds Dodger blue” and his ace pitcher. The Dodgers and Mets played against one another frequently when the Dodgers occupied Vero Beach. Below, in the spring of 2000 Steve Phillips and Mike Piazza had a lot to smile about, as for the only time in franchise history, the team would go on to make the playoffs two years in a row. Leiter and Piazza both came to the Mets via trades with the then Florida Marlins in 1998 and were teammates from 1998-2004. On October 26th, 2000, Leiter lost game five of the World Series to the Yankees, 4-2, giving the Yanks their 26th championship.