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Phillies Confidential: The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Championship Season Hardcover – November 1, 2008
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--Gary Matthews, on the chemistry within the Phillies clubhouse
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Top Customer Reviews
I was very excited when I heard about this book, and to be honest it is laid out very well. The story is told by month, and it alternates between a well-written newspaper-style summary of a particular game or story and a not-so-well-written Gary Matthews' first-person take on that particular story. What ruins it is Gary Matthews himself. I am convinced that all Matthews did for his piece was speak into a tape recorder after a selection of games or evenings and then transcribe his thoughts word for word into the book. It was obviously done as the season progressed and not retrospectively, and it is purely his opinions with very little about his conversations with players, experiences, or behind-the-scenes trivia. I'm also convinced that the process of editing was forgone in favor of getting the book to press, as no editor in his right mind would have let this go without at least correcting some grammar and repetition. Often times, Matthews doesn't even provide a coherent opinion.
Case in point -- Gary Matthews talking about Jimmy Rollins' early season injury: "I'm sure it's tough on him. I'm sure he wants to play. But no, I haven't really talked to him about it--having gone through injuries myself, you're either in the party or you're not, you're either playing or you're not. Period. You can do all of the talking in the world, but you're either out there or you're not. Sure, guys sympathize with you when you're hurt, but the sympathy really comes from wins and losses. It's a hard fact, but that's just how it goes." What in blazes is the point of this paragraph? What insight is revealed?Read more ›
Thankfully, the portions written by Gary Matthews alternate with better-written portions by journalist Scott Lauber. (For some reason, Lauber's passages are typeset in a condensed sans serif font that is difficult to read. Matthews' passages, while barely coherent, are at least set in a traditional serif font.)
It's written as a diary, which lets fans experience the highs and lows of the season as they happen, rather than from the perspective of knowing that they've won it all. If you can get past (or just skim) Matthews' sections, it's a lot of fun.
I interviewed Scott on this book for an internet show I do called, 'Phillies Talk' which you can find at [...] on the net. You can also go here and replay the show from December 2008 when Scott tells us all about this project and how it was written. I really like this book, it's one of my favorite Phillies books ever because it is a true account of what happened the year the Phillies won it all, and what it took to get them the World Series championship.
Nice keepsake. Looks good on the bookshelf but really lacked in content.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For fans of Eastbound and Down, this is what would happen if they actually published Kenny Powers' audio book. Read morePublished on June 2, 2011 by Michael Sigmond
I have read many baseball books especially books that envolve the Phillies. Please do not by this book it is not a good read even though the Phillies were a great team that year. Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by SeanB
A lot of behind the scenes stuff that you don't see on TV or read about.Published on March 3, 2009 by Kevin E. Andrews
Very enjoyable book for Phillies fans written by Gary Matthews (former player now broadcaster). Lots of personal info, scoops, stories & fun facts about the players & people... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by KiraLilli