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The Devil Wears Pinstripes Paperback – March 1, 2005

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About the Author

Jim Caple is a senior writer for ESPN.com, where he writes regular baseball and humor columns. He formerly reported on sports for the Seattle Post- Intelligencer and Pioneer Press (St. Paul).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452285984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452285989
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,383,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael H. Siegel on December 4, 2006
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Caple notes early in this book that every time he trashes the Yankees, he gets e-mails calling him a Red Sox fan (which he isn't.). And below I see 1-star reviews trashing him as a bitter Red Sox fan.

Hmmm.

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.
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I loved this book, and yes I really am a Yankee fan! (I was born that way, sorry!) This book was hilarious! And if any other Yankee fans are upset by this book I can not fathom why. Every "story" about the Yankees and George Steinbrenner is true, I have heard them before. The way they are told is just from a slightly different point of view. The writing is exceptional and the comic timing precise. And only another 86 years will tell if things will even out or if the "Evil Empire" will continue to dominate the "Red Sox nation". I would highly recomend it for ALL baseball fans.
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Jim Caple has written a terribly biased, mean-spirited, unbalanced, vindictive, and altogether enjoyable and wonderful book. His target? The Evil Empire of the New York Yankees and their leader, Darth Steinbrenner. If you are a Red Sox fan, you probably already have this book in a hallowed place in your house. But fans of baseball everywhere will get a pretty big hoot out of this one. Unless your name begins with "St" and ends with "Einbrenner."

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.
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Whether you hate or love the Yankees this is a must have book. It details greatly the ins and outs of the "evil empire" and Steinbrenner's search for title after title. Caple does an outstanding job in his first book and really has fun with it as a whole. I myself join Caple in his hatred of the most corrupt and ego obsessed organization in sports. But let's face it baseball wouldn't be baseball without them. Great read, check it out.
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Caple is a terrific, clever writer and this book is a fun and very funny read for Yankee haters and Yankee fans who appreciate the history of the francise, which Caple expertly turns on its head. Highly recommended for all baseball fans.
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I've heard that this book would be enjoyable to people who aren't diehard Sox fans or Yankees haters. I wouldn't know. But as someone who is and has always been both, this book is a blast. Hilarious and hateful, just like it should be, it not only pulls no punches, it dons brass knuckles and aims for the groin. If you've ever dreamed about pushing Steinbrenner down a flight of stairs while laughing maniacally, this book is for you. If Arod's girly slap in that fateful pennant race had you rolling, this book is for you. If the name Aaron Boone still makes you physically retch, this book is for you.
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I only gave this one star since fractions were not allowed. This is a one-sided view from a man that grew up in Seattle...baseball's answer to Purgatory
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