How the Mets Got Red Hot

With salsa and smarts, Omar Minaya has turned New York's also-ran into a World Series contender

A perplexing poster hangs in the office of Omar Minaya, general manager of the New York Mets, the newly minted champions of the National League's Eastern Division. It's a promo for A Bronx Tale, a 1993 film starring Robert De Niro about a boy who gets mixed up with the Mob. Why is the word Bronx--as in Bronx Bombers, as in New York Yankees, as in Evil Empire--displayed prominently at the Yanks' crosstown rival? It turns out that Minaya, who grew up a fly ball from Shea Stadium in Queens rooting for the Mets, loves the movie for a line that captures...

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