Stephen Hanks

Stephen Hanks (Tom Terrific) is a magazine editor and writer based in Brooklyn, NY, who has been the publisher and editorial director of publications ranging in subjects from sports to health to archaeology. He began his career at the late, great SPORT Magazine in 1977 and in 1983, he co-founded NEW YORK SPORTS Magazine (which ceased publication in 1985). He has written and edited coffee table books on baseball history, penned unauthorized biographies of Bo Jackson and Wayne Gretzky, and in 1990 authored "The Game That Changed Pro Football," an oral history of the 1969 New York Jets Super Bowl Season. Even though he grew up near Yankee Stadium, he loathes the team from the Bronx and has been a die-hard Mets fan since attending his first game at the Polo Grounds in 1963.

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Keith and Ron Know Their Elton

An article by posted on April 24, 2010 0 Comments

I don’t know about you, but as a die-hard Elton John fan I was thrilled when during last night’s game against the Braves, Keith Hernandez mentioned the song “I’ve Seen That Movie Too,” an obscure number from Elton’s 1973 “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album. (I believe it was during that conference on the mound where […]

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So Maybe The Mets Are a Mess, But There’s Still HOPE!

An article by posted on April 21, 2010 0 Comments

It’s been almost three months since my last missive (it gets old using the word “blog”) because once the hot stove league season ended (another campaign the Mets lost, by the way), I didn’t think it would be healthy or productive to comment on every twist and turn of spring training or even the first […]

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Scrap Heap Signings Haven’t Solved Mets’ Pitching Problem

An article by posted on January 31, 2010 0 Comments

Okay, so the Mets went 1-for-2 on their attempts to get a power hitting outfielder and a top of the rotation starter. Then after whiffing on pitchers Jason Marquis and Joel Pineiro and catcher Bengie Molina (the most welcome strikeouts since Kevin Bass in 1986), they didn’t even offer at pitchers Doug Davis, Ben Sheets […]

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Losing Bengie is a Lucky Break

An article by posted on January 20, 2010 0 Comments

The knee-jerk reaction among the unenlightened on New York sports talk radio (can someone please shut WFAN’s Chris Carton up for crissakes!) and in the blogosphere today is that the Mets blew another one when catcher Bengie Molina decided to spun the club’s offer and sign for less money to return to San Francisco. But […]

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The Case for Increasing the 25-Man Roster

An article by posted on December 19, 2009 0 Comments

As we count the hours until Omar Minaya overpays Jason Bay and Benji Molina (when he really should be figuring out how to trade for Bronson Arroyo and Brandon Phillips) there are plenty of reasons to keep throwing coals into the hot stove, especially now that significant snow is falling over Citi Field and environs. […]

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Is It Time to Think 2011?

An article by posted on December 15, 2009 0 Comments

I’ll admit it: Patience is not one of my virtues. After all, I live in New York City where your blood pressure can reach the danger zone just trying to drive from the east side to the west side or watching Oliver Perez pitch. And when you’re a passionate baseball fan in your 50s, you’re […]

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Signing Starting Pitchers: Prices Are INSANE!

An article by posted on December 12, 2009 0 Comments

Like thousands of kids who grew up as Mets fans in the late ’60s, early ’70s, I wanted to be Tom Seaver, the closest thing to pitching perfection as I ever saw or will ever see. I got as far as being the number one pitcher for my small NY college baseball team in 1977 […]

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It’s Winter Meetings Time (Ya Still Gotta Love It!)

An article by posted on December 6, 2009 0 Comments

Next to opening day and any day the Mets are in a playoff game, the first day of the Baseball Winter Meetings used to be my favorite day of the baseball season. I say “used to be” because this industry trade show (no pun intended) that lasts almost a week doesn’t generate the adrenaline, anticipation […]

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Amazin’ Pics Of The Amazin’ Mets

An article by posted on August 22, 2009 0 Comments

We have a special treat for you, courtesy of one of our¬†readers, Stephen Hanks, who took the following shots in 1970, 39 years ago today. It was Camera Day¬†at Shea Stadium. As we honor the 1969 Mets later this evening, here is a look at the then, defending 1969 World Champion Mets! “The Franchise” Tom […]

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