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Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero Paperback – February 20, 2007
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Jeff Pearlman is a columnist for SI.com, a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, and the critically acclaimed author of Boys Will Be Boys, The Bad Guys Won!, and Love Me, Hate Me.
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I'm not sure if "Love Me, Hate Me" began life as an impartial look at how Bonds' stellar on-field accomplishments redeemed his tumultuous personal life. Somehow, I doubt it. I suspect it was always intended to be a sarcastic look at how one of the most physically talented ballplayers of the last quarter-century managed to trash his public reputation and make exactly zero friends along the way.
Pearlman knows his baseball, and chooses his comparisons with great precision. His writing is crisp and lively, his point never in doubt. For example, he describes Bonds' infamous late-season and playoff slumps by comparison to late 1970s utility infielders -- the kind of references that only a guy in his mid 30s who grew up with shoeboxes full of Topps baseball cards could come up with: Bonds is described, during his slumps, as being: "... as useful to baseball as an autographed Otto Velez jersey". And: "In April and May, he was Willie Mays; in September, he was Tom Veryzer". This book is probably going to drive the average sabermetrician crazy.
In order to get away with a book like this, the author has to do two things right. He has to get his game accounts perfect. How many baseball bios have been trashed by a lack of research into game details? Ken Kaiser's biography, Andre Dawson's biography, Jose Canseco's love letter to steroids, to name three other baseball books I've reviewed.Read more ›
I was mostly enamored by Barry Bonds' Pittsburgh years, where he developed into the man he is today. His relations with Jim Leyland (whom I remember from his time with the Tigers in spring training) and Andy Van Slyke (a vastly underrated player of his day) are unqiue and enlightening, as are Bonds' takes on race, class and status. I don't believe any book is a must-read, but this one is pretty dang close.
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As a baseball fan, I have a long history of watching Mr. Bonds: he was that up and coming star in the late 80's you wondered if he'd make it as big as he could, he was that super... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fred
Baseball fans should read it. Barry is a very interesting person, feels like I've met people like him, jerks, provides insight to themPublished 13 months ago by F. Andal
If you don't like Barry Bonds, you will love this book. I happen to like him and didn't like how he was portrayed at all. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fontana
I'd recommend this book for any baseball fan in the 90s/2000s. Gives Bonds' back story. Loved the information from ASU, exploits in Montreal, and story about the Sid Bream play.Published on January 22, 2014 by Walker Agnew Jr
This is a tough book about someone who pathologically invites such treatment. His defensive contempt of nearly everyone he came in contact with as a player is quite sad, as much... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by D. B. Rosett
I bought this book as a present for my husband. He Loved it. It got here on time for Christmas. He likes Barry bonds and it had all the information in it.Published on January 17, 2013 by Elva P.
It was a good book and provided a lot of good information. It is a bit of a sad story since despite all the talent and money he had he really never seemed happyPublished on October 12, 2012 by Dan Guinn