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Perfect I'm Not is, indeed, not a perfect book, but as in baseball, literary imperfection can make for a thrilling ride. Part Horatio Alger, part libertine, Wells peppers the narrative of his rise from poverty in Ocean Beach, California to baseball fame and fortune with numerous prurient tales from behind the locker room door. He is frank about the use of steroids among his fellow players and he's not afraid to burn major bridges (one must assume they were already on fire) in his ferocious attacks on such baseball luminaries as veteran general manager Pat Gillick. And the story behind his woozy perfect game is legend. All this is entertaining stuff and worth the price of admission.
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.
Wells's rollicking memoir of his unlikely journey to the top of the hill at Yankee Stadium reads like Bull Durham rewritten by Ozzy Osbourne and Howard Stern. After a juicy setup that recounts his in-drag appearance on Saturday Night Live with teammates Derek Jeter and David Cone, Wells and Kreski settle into a three-up, three-down pace, chronicling Boomer's rise from Hells Angels mascot through the minors in barren Medicine Hat, Canada, down to winter ball in Venezuela, where he gets dysentery and is almost killed and on up to his crowning achievement: the perfect game he threw for the Yanks while hungover in 1998. The pitcher's life often resembles one of Kreski's credits, Beavis and Butt-head, resulting in a look-back-in-laughter that earns on average more than a chuckle per page. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Wells interviewed; what's unexpected are his painstaking accounts of such turns in his life as the career-threatening back surgery he faced in 2001, to say nothing of the scrape he got into in a Manhattan diner last year with a drunken heckler. Fans will applaud because Wells's inside baseball divulges numbers as well as names, and it sketches as uncensored a portrait of today's money-and-media-saturated pro sports as they come.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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
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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 14 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