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The Devil Wears Pinstripes Paperback – March 1, 2005
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Anyway, this is fantastic book for Yankee haters, which included not just Red Sox fans, but this Braves' fan, Mets fans, Dodgers fans and pretty much any fan of any team other than the Pinstriped Devils. But what makes it special is there is an underlying respect and even affection for the Yankees. Caple has only good things to say about Joe Torre. He only tweaks Jeter a bit about his girlfriends. He doesn't say anything nasty about Casey Stengle. And he praises Don Mattingly. He specifically talks about how classy the current Yankee iteration is. And he notes that baseball *needs* the Yankees. When the Lakers were winning all their championships, no one cared. But the let the Yankees win and the baseball world goes berzerk.
No, his bile is reserved for deserving targets. The tightwad Joe Dimaggio, the obnoxious Reggie Jackson, the violent Billy Martin, tge greedy racist George Weiss, and -- the principle villain in this book, Steinbrenner. He castigates the Yankees for frequently treating their best people like garbage -- slashing Babe Ruth's salary, cutting Mantle's after his triple crown, benching Mattingly for his hair, refusing to integrate except for Elston Howard, alienating Yogi Berra. He hits the obnoxious bleacher fans, the depressing dump of a stadium (while praising the old one) and the nauseating media worship, as exemplified in Yankeeography. He even lashes out at Red Sox fans, cackling that if the Yankees disappeard, the Massachusettes economy would collapse from being unable to sell anti-Yankee shirts.
I actually think that Yankee fans will enjoy this book too, assuming they don't see their team through Yankeeography tinted glasses.
Anyway, this book is short fun and hilarious.
Here are a few of the chapter titles: "The Ten Yankees Who Drive Us Nuts," "The Ten Moments We Savor and the One We Savor Most" (guess which one that is), "The Dump that Ruth Built," and "Yank-jazeera." Caple actually is quite fair and balanced to classy individual Yankees such as Lou Gehrig, Derek Jeter, and George Costanza (just kidding), but he really has a field day with Reggie Jackson, Joe DiMaggio, and others.
I laughed out loud many times, cringed a few times, and kept on reading. It's not deep; it doesn't aspire to any great accomplishments or insights. It does not traffic in the sacred, hallowed tones usually reserved for highbrow baseball tomes. In reality, Caple has erected a cathedral of hate, with his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek.
If you're looking for Ken Burns, don't dig into this one. But if you want a chance to laugh at the Yankees, and who doesn't, get this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
From the hackneyed first chapter to the humdrum and boring conclusion, the ink on these pages would be better used tatooing Caple's self-obsessed love letter to himself across the... Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by rob
Jim Caple is hilarious and knowledgeable - great read with a lot of witty comments. Would recommend for all sports fans!Published on January 9, 2010 by Liz
There are not many books that can make me laugh out loud. This book is so funny that I think if Jim Caple gets tired of being a sports writer, he could be a stand-up comedian. Read morePublished on December 5, 2009 by Mike Barer
Love this book. Couldn't put it down. I purchased 2 so that my friends could also read it. My wife loves it as well.Published on March 30, 2008 by Jonathan D. Bailey
yankees suck. they alway will. this book is awsome. yankees suck. Not a baised book Cable just points out the obvious that the yankees suckPublished on April 9, 2007
I haven't read the book, but I'm sure its funny. Reading Jim Caple's crybaby rants are always a laugh :) I encourage everyone that hates the Yankees to pick it up and laugh... Read morePublished on February 14, 2006 by Philip Marquez
This guy makes me laugh, he actually wasted the time to write an entire book about a baseball team he hates. Read morePublished on December 21, 2005 by Tom
Hi. I grew up in Houston and lived in NY for about 3 years. Let me just say it straight: The Yankees is a cult for social club zombies. There is no such thing as the Yankees. Read morePublished on October 13, 2005 by John Doughboy