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Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball Paperback – Bargain Price, September 14, 2004
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The book, however, falls too often into a pattern of explication and justification for Wellss "entertaining" run-ins with the law, baseball management, players, and even his own family. We learn that young Dave Wells once punched his sister and broke her jaw, but, he explains, this was because his sister had scraped his sunburned back with her fingernails. This childhood story is then repeated--in a grown up form--several times. In many cases, it does seem that he is justified in claiming innocence--or at least in claiming he got an eye for an eye. But repetition of these explications--which even include bad pitching performances caused, we learn, by nascent physical problems (elbow, shoulder, bone chips, gout, back)--take away his agency in his own story. The hero is always a victim. In the end, then, the book is as flawed as its author, offering entertaining insight--some perhaps unintentional--into the man and his game.--Patrick OKelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I have to admit that this book goes on my recommend list. It was a funny read, and for a baseball fan like myself, gives me some insight into the mind of a baseball player. I really enjoyed it. The link here is for the hardback edition of the book. There is a paperback version scheduled for release, but it's not currently slated until Mar 1, 2004. The hardback is available now.
Oh, BTW, if you're someone who isn't into the liberal use of foul language, you might want to stay away from the book. It's not like every third word is f this or f that, but there is definitely more than a smattering of f-bombs and the like in the book.
Anyway, this book is just plain funny. Most sports biographies are written by sportswriters: half of them by Dick Schaap, half by Peter Golenbock, and Catfish Hunter for some reason chose Armen Keteyian. Wells goes with comedy writer Chris Kreski, best known for William Shatner's non-fiction epics, and "Growing Up Brady". Kreski's also a lifelong Mets fan, which makes the book easier for me to read, certainly. His ability to recap baseball games is only adequate -- he makes some minor factual errors, misspells some of the player names Wells dictated into the tape recorder, and gives Wells an impossibly specific memory about old games ("Two hours and forty-eight minutes later, 49,328 screaming fans watched me ...") -- but gives Boomer plenty of jokes and cutting insights into the many peaks and valleys of his career.
Wells decries the corporate naming of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, saying that to him, it'll always be the Jack Murphy Stadium of his youth. Which is a wonderful sentiment... and wrong, since it was actually called San Diego Stadium until Wells was 17.Read more ›
I would give it only 4 stars but gave it 5 because I saw that someone gave it 1 star just because he was a Red Sox fan.
I found myself laughing out loud over and over again. Steroid and cortisone stories aside, Wells adds candid insight into the managerial and GM activities from every team he played for (up to the end of the 2002 season). Inside observations are made on notable managers (Cito Gaston, Sparky Ansderson, Davy Johnson, Joe Torre, and Jim Fregosi) and GMs ("stand" Pat Gillick, Gord Ash, Jim Bowden, Ken Williams, and Brian Cashman). Wells also includes colorful stories of two of the most notoriously hated and loved baseball owners of the last 50 eyars -- Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner.
It was odd to read the momentum praise and glory of the '98 Yankees who won 114 games without any mention of the record-tying 116 wins by the '01 Seattle Mariners . By failing to mention this incredible milestone, he appeared to be protecting the legacy of the 114 win NY team. He should have mentioned the 116 win Seattle team and emphasized the fact that the NY team went on to finish like champions by winning the world series.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
David Wells is my favorite Yankee of all time. I have read this book twice. There were many funny parts to it as well as some sad
ones. Read more
I just got finished reading David Wells book a few hours ago. It was a interesting read. I really enjoyed the time period he played baseball in. Read morePublished 23 months ago by kelly Groce
I'm a big baseball fan but I was never a big Boomer fan. I had few expectations that I was going to read much of interest in this book, written by Chris Kreski but with enough of... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by billyg
I am a true baseball fan. Although I hate the yankees this book is really fun. it is an easy read. David Wells is really funny and I great story. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Tom Mays
I never had any love for David Wells. He just didn't seem like the kind of guy I'd like to know. Maybe it was the pinstripes that caused that feeling. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Doug DePew
A VERY funny, witty, and insightful book by one of the game's true characters. Some of the stories in this book will stick with you for life. Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by Bobby T
David Wells is crude, grew up in harsh conditions, and led a life that has been anything but exemplary; big deal; nobody's perfect. Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by Larry Underwood
"Perfect I'm Not" is a wonderful story about a poor kid who fulfills his dream of pitching for the Yankees. Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by Trabajando