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"Natural Born Heroes" by Christopher McDougall
Just as "Born to Run" inspired readers to get into the natural world, this book will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature.
Buzz Bissinger, author of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and THREE NIGHTS IN AUGUST:
"I have read all of George Castle's books, and I can say without hesitation that he is one of those rare individuals who is extremely gifted both as a reporter and a writer. I have also seen George work the Cubs' clubhouse, and it is clear that he has a rapport with team personnel that no other reporter in Chicago can touch. They trust him and they respect him, which means Sweet Lou and the Cubs has inside information you won't find anywhere else."
From the Back Cover
An expertly guided tour inside the mind of Lou Piniella, inside the Chicago dugout—and inside the Cubs’ poignant quest to end a century-long championship drought
Sweet Lou and the Cubs chronicles from the inside out Lou Piniella’s stirring and poignant quest to reverse the team’s fortunes after a record 100 years without a World Series championship. Drawing on the story of Piniella’s Cubs debut in 2007 and his history as baseball’s ultimate firebrand, George Castle gives fans the real story behind the building of the best Cubs team in decades. In riveting detail he traces how the Cubs swept into the 2008 playoffs as the favorite to represent the National League in the World Series, but then went down in shocking defeat—leaving millions of fans to pin their wounded hopes on their remade team in year 101 and beyond. . . .
This is sports writing at its best, focusing on everything from Piniella’s old-school style and baseball scientist’s mind to the inside scoop on a Cubs’ front office and clubhouse life, as well as profiles of key players and Piniella’s interactions with the coaches, the team, fans, and celebrity hangers-on.
I was disappointed in the book. I felt it would be more about the inside of the dugout and things that go on behind the scenes. There wasn't much of that to be had and really not a whole lot on who exactly Lou Pinella is either. I read it but would not recommend it.
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"Sweet Lou and the Cubs: A Year Inside the Dugout" is a great way to greet the new 2009 baseball season. George Castle goes back in history and follows Lou Piniella from his playing days up to the end of the 2008 Cubs season, and along the way we get an insight into both the man and the sport he loves. There are also some great stories that feature several Cubs players, and a look at a season that had so much promise but ended with so much heartache. This is a great read for those of us who love baseball, love the Cubbies, and love the characters that make it great, like Piniella.
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