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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061625108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061625107
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,546,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alyssa Milano starred on such iconic TV shows as Who's the Boss? and Charmed. She continues to act and produce while also running Touch, the sports-clothing line for women that she founded. In addition, she is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and the lead ambassador for Global Network. She lives in Los Angeles.

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This book is well researched.
J. Groen
I don't think Alyssa knows or thought very much about her target audience, and unfortunately the result may be the response "Why should we care what you think?"
Rushmore
I do think that any baseball fan will find some enjoyment out of this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on June 11, 2009
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Before writing a review of this book, I feel that I should be honest by opening with a disclaimer. Truth is, I've never liked baseball. Ever. I've always found the game too slow, boring and something that's bound to elicit plenty of yawns from me. I've been to one (1) baseball game in the past 15 years, and my motivations for going were less than authentic when it comes to the sport. Rather, the lone reason I chose to go was because my city's minor league team had special guests: the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders! I left after my photo-op with them in the 7th inning stretch.

So, you ask, why oh why is this guy inclined to read a book about baseball? Well, there are two reasons. The first one is the most obvious: I absolutely adore Alyssa Milano. As she's just four years my junior, I kind of feel like I've grown up w/her. I own most of her movies, including the really bad ones.

Secondly, while I don't enjoy baseball games, I do have an appreciation for the history of the game. Ironically enough, I'm also very fond of a great many baseball movies. In fact, The Natural is my all-time(!) favorite sports movie.

Enough about me. This is a book that I (almost surprisingly?) found to be immensely entertaining. It is a well-written, intimate account of a woman's genuine love for a game. Her team is the L.A. Dodgers and she can tell you the batting average of the entire roster @ the drop of a baseball cap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on August 16, 2010
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Miss Milano, whose adult acting career I have not followed, is 30 years younger than I am, and 50 years younger than my mother-in-law, who bought and liked her book and urged me to read her copy. So perhaps she did not expect to get an audience of readers between 65-85, but there you are...baseball love leads us to unexpected relationships (one of the central messages in her book, if "message" is the right word at all.) I grew up in New Jersey, adopted the Brooklyn Dodgers as my team at age 12, saw them off to California with a broken heart, and became a Pittsburgh Pirate fan in 1959. (They used to be a major league team, with three World series titles between 1960 and 1979. Now they are allowed to play against real major league teams, but not allowed to win more than they lose. Been the truth for the past 18 seasons. Alas, I am still a fan.) Her book explains the history of Dodger fandom in her family of origin, and how the L.A. version of "Da Bums" finally won over these transplanted New Yorkers. Milano does a good job of explaining the basics of the game and the benefits of loyally rooting for one team or another for a lifetime. There is very little in here about her entertainment career, and not much more about her personal adult life. This is a tribute to her family and to baseball itself, flaws and all. I enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Ratliff on May 19, 2009
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If you love either Alyssa Milano or Baseball, you will enjoy reading this interesting view of baseball and the role it has played in her life. As a boy a few years younger than Alyssa, I watched her on Who's The Boss and loved her. Of course, being a boy I also loved Baseball, including watching baseball, playing baseball, and collecting baseball cards. Although I'm not the mega-fan that Alyssa is, I do enjoy watching my teams (Astros & Rangers) and I enjoy watching the game in general. I give you this background only to show that you don't have to be a big time fanatic to enjoy the book. You should know a little about the game, but unless you know most of the terminology, you will be referring to the back of the book for an explanation. Alyssa throws out a lot of stats that I will never remember, but she loves numbers and it shows.

Alyssa gives a lot of reasons to be a fan of baseball, and I agree with just about everything she wanted to do as "Commissioner for a Day". I also agree with her excitement about the double play as I usually find myself clapping in response to a great play (unless of course it was my team that hit into it!). I also agree with her perspective on the "pink" clothes for Women. It never made sense for me since Pink has is not part of MOST team colors that I know of. That is why she created a clothing line for MLB just for women.

Her view of the game is interestng, the book is written pretty well in my opinion and you can tell it comes from the heart. Some of the stats may get confusing to people who don't know the game, but they could always just go ahead without "fully understanding" and them come back later if they wish.

Bottom Line: If you enjoy baseball, you will enjoy the book and Alyssa's views and thoughts about the game. If you are a fan of Alyssa Milano, you will enjoy learning about a big part of her life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Idolater on December 13, 2009
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I came at this book from an entirely different perspective than it's author. Unlike most baseball fans, I discovered my true love for baseball late in life (early forties, to be exact.) I picked up this book for two reasons--it seemed to be well-written, and was written from a true fan's perspective. I must say that Alyssa Milano exceeded my expectations. This was a loving depiction of a fan's love for baseball and her home team. As a recent baseball convert, and die-hard fan of the Texas Rangers, I can share Ms. Milano's passions and percetions about her home team. What really struck me about the book, however, was how Ms. Milano managed to share details of her personal life in such a way as to highlight her primary point--that baseball, to a large degree, is about life. The game has taught me much in a very short time. I was moved to read that another individual has found similar meaning in the game throughout her life.

In short, this was an excellent read on two levels--for the baseball fan, and for those who will enjoy a well-written love note to one woman's passion for her avocation.
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