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Joe Pepitone's autobiography does not always reflect kindly on him. In this look at the sexual side of baseball, Pepitone examines not so much his successes as his failures; as a husband, father, and a could-have-been superstar. Pepitone attributes a portion of his flaws to his troubled upbringing and near addiction to sex, but also accepts responsibility. Young Pepitone seemed to have it all; charm, charisma, superb baseball talent, and Italian-American heritage playing in his hometown (New York) with many thousands of Italian-American fans. Yet he was immature and insecure, eager to flee his problems, and probably clinically depressed - at a time when issues like depression were rarely discussed. One wonders how many other athletes and celebrities face similar ordeals and keep them hidden. This is a pretty good baseball book, one where the subject both celebrates his triumphs and confesses his failures.
I read this book 20 years ago, the first time, read it again recently, great baseball book,tells so much about the on field/off field adventures of this Yankee great. Meant more to me after meeting Joe Pepitone, who I found to be a very fine individual. Would reccommend this book to any baseball fan, especially Yankee fans.
I love this book! I still pick it up and read a chapter at a time.I still have my original copy of this book. I pass it around all the time. I recommend it to all baseball fans, but especially anyone who is Italian or anyone who has grown up in NYC. A true gem if you want to recall the craziness of being a youth in NYC.
I read it in high school more than 25 years ago and I still remember it well. This is the perfect compliment to Jim Bouton's "Ball Four." Meet the mob, Frank Sinatra, and more. How many books have a chapter called "When fu&&ing couldn't compare to baseball"?
i read this book about 22 years ago and i was very surprised at some of my baseball idols behavior on and off the field. at that time i thought pro players were god, came to the ballpark to play and then went home and led a normal family life.
After having heard about this book in 'wink-wink-hush-hush' contexts over the past twenty years or so, I finally saw a copy on the "N - O - P" shelf of a liquidator of estate sales. The first time in a while I didn't even attempt to barter, for fear of losing this putative gem, at the one chance I had to grab it - I felt like I'd won the lottery, and hadn't even paid for it yet. Just what kind of "Estate" must this have been from!?! So, I bought it ("No bag, please.") and began reading on the sidewalk, on my way back from lunch. Quite a book, this is. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me look around my commuter-rail car to see if anyone had kepped to what I was reading and emoting about. Oh Joe, Joe, JOE @!#$&^@%#%$(!@%#* Indeed, you coulda made us more than proud.If you're a baseball fan, and you want a book to memorize, this is one of the very best.