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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.
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 9 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