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A Baseball Gem
on September 30, 2011
"Big Game James" Shields and Bill Chastain team up to deliver a riveting revival of the Tampa Bay Rays improbable run to the 2010 American League East championship. Even though the reader obviously knows the outcome of the "David vs. Goliath" AL East race between the underdog Rays and the heralded New York Yankees, Shields' perspective from inside the clubhouse allows the reader to experience the tension of the Rays' incredible pennant drive as if it was happening today! At the same time, he brings out the unique chemistry of this unique organization -- from the genius of Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon to the diverse personalities on the field -- the quirky Matt Garza...the unflappable David Price...the clutch Evan Longoria...the effervescent Carlos Pena...and many, many more. The fact that I read this book in September 2011 -- while the Rays were making yet another impossible run to the playoffs -- magnified the intrigue of the book! Chastain has a history of excellence as an author and MLB.com reporter, and he and Shields have created a must-read for any lover of the game!