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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 12, 2013
--Proud to be a Yankees fan..

--Proud to be a part of the human race..

--Proud of these men and their families...

--Proud of their talent and the way they use it...

--Proud of their relationship as teamates and examples...

--Proud that Major League baseball has such men as these in its ranks. Winning only makes their story better. It has nothing to do with their qualities as a human being, husband, father, role model (even though they don't want to be seen in that light) and as a competitor...

Yes, they are human, but they are exceptional men, especially in sport of Major League Baseball...They are a credit to all who raised them, coached them, trained them and to the game as a whole...

They continue to give us hope and a reason for loving the game. In a world of bad, it is rewarding and reassuring to see and read something good and refreshing, something about the way baseball and baseball players could and should be...

A tip of the cap to the Core Four, Pasada, Pettite, Jeter and the Mighty Mo...

They deserve it and the reason for that tip of the hat is far more important than World Series rings.

Having won (and winning) those only makes their story better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2013
If you're a true yankee fan, and especially a fan of the core four, it is the only way I see you tolerating this book. It is good for one go around but definitely not a book I would have on display on my bookshelf. It reads as a Yankees homage. So much so that my inner reading voice turned into John Sterling half way through page 1. The tolerance factor comes in two different forms. The fact that there is a bunch of information (most of which we already know) which is repeated in different pages. Which makes it seem as though the author was just trying to fill in empty space. And to me it seemed like there was really no direction in this book. Their 4 stories rarely intertwined. Which if that was the goal then they should have just named the book "Jeter, Posada, Pettitte and Mariano". You can definitely tell by reading this book that their were no interviews with any players, or their wives, or their old baby sitters. Just stories you could easily find on google. Which is what dissapoints me the most
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Everybody likes to watch a winning baseball team. A team that gives baseball fanatics lots of action and excitement. However, to achieve that kind of status requires hard work and team work. No doubt about it, it takes all the players pulling together and carrying their part of the load in order for a team to achieve World Series status.
After 17 years in a drought failing to win a World Series, four young players came along and joined the franchise that changed the dismal path that the Bronx Bombers were on, thus helping them through 13 seasons to advance to the post season 12 times, win the American league pennant 7 times, and win 5 World Series trophies.
This book, "Core Four" does an excellent job tracing the life of Mariano Rivers, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte from their humble beginnings in the minor leagues to the present, and detailing their significant contributions to a winning major league franchise. They are some of my favorite New York Yankee players. I can still picture them playing on a baseball field today before thousands of happy New York Yankee baseball fans. Even today, as I watched the Yankees play the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, number 2, Derek Jeter went 4 for 5. Yes, surely they are all some of baseball's greatest players Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
not much more to say, other than i love these guys... i worked for their minor league team in Greensboro when Mariano, Derek and Andy played in the early 90's.... it's been great watching them become who they are after all these years....
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on February 20, 2014
I love books that give the inside story that we don't get as fans. Joe Torre's "The Yankee Years" was a good one of those. So was Buster Olney's "The End of the Yankees Dynasty". Phil Pepe's attempt, "Core Four: The Heart and Soul of the Yankees Dynasty" isn't a bad attempt per se but having lived through this most recent rise and decline of the dynasty, I can't help but notice how many details seem to be omitted for no apparent reason. For example, Pepe notes that Roger Clemens followed Andy Pettitte back to the Yankees in 2006 but doesn't say anything about how much of a bust Clemens Part 2 was for the Yankees. He makes note of how Joe Torre dropped Alex Rodriguez to 8th in the line-up for Game 4 of the 2006 Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers (as has been well and over-publicized) but makes no mention of the fact that, excluding Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Bobby Abreu, none of the team's hitters showed up for the series. Robinson Cano went 2-15 (.133), Johnny Damon 4-17 (.235), Jason Giambi 1-8 (.125), etc. It makes mention of the Yankees' pick-up of Nick Swisher in a trade from the Chicago White Sox prior to the 2009 season but says nothing of how it was in exchange for Wilson Betemit, a switch-hitting back-up infielder who had bad hands in the field and was worthless from the right side of the plate, easily one of the best steals of GM Brian Cashman's career. As I said, it's not a bad book, per se, and I get that the primary focus is on the Core 4 but still, as it is a book that's secondary focus is on documenting the 90s and 00s Yankee teams, a little more detail would have been nice.
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My major professor who hails from New York has a love for the New York Yankees that is unspeakable. I have never quite understood this dynamic but in the book Core Four: the Heart and Soul of the Yankee Dynasty by Phil Pepe gives some good insight into their recent success.
After being shut out for so many years, a secret formula came together that created a strong bond of success. These secret combinations were credited to four players, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada. Pepe does a good job of giving the reader the back story on each of these players, their evolution, accomplishments and a sense of their person.
All this static information is blended in with stories that bring the pages alive. One such story is how after the events of 9/11, then President Bush went out to throw out the first ball, not only did he got it in the strike zone, the crowd spontaneously began chanting, "USA, USA".
This story is full tidbits and makes a good case for how these cores four made an exceptional team, extraordinary.
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on September 10, 2014
I enjoyed the book mainly because I am a huge NYY fan.
The subtitle specifically says:"the heart and soul...". I'm afraid that the book misses that very point.
Statistics are a major part of the baseball experience, and the book is full of statistics. I would have preferred to read more about them as teammates. Perhaps, more interesting anecdotes would have given a more personal touch.
I doubt there will ever be a more impactful foursome on any team ever. Their legacy is powerful.
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on November 9, 2014
If your a Yankee fan like I am , and don't have this book in your library , shame on you . It's filled with facts and stats , not to mention the history of these great ball players . Each player is covered in detail from their first day in pin stripes , to their final good-bys . Read comments made by fellow team-mates , a well as tributes from players from othr teams . This book covers it all .
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on November 8, 2014
Pepe catches the spirit of the Core Four from the minor farm league until their debuts in pinstripes. He devotes chapters to each and is excellent with comparing statistics of theirs to those of colleagues past and present. I especially liked when he looked at four players from each generation and compared the number of games, post season, World Series wins. Terrific text for Yankees' fans.
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on July 11, 2014
A must read for any Yankees fan. It gives a great descriptive background on Andy, Derek, Mo, & Jorge and follows them through their careers. I also enjoyed the blurbs on the various teammates they had during their dynasty. I don't know if any team will ever produce such quality players and keep them in this manner ever again.
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