Most helpful critical review
on February 8, 2014
This is a readable, reliable, respectable introduction for new fans or reminiscence for long-time fans. The book began by describing “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly” in Phillies' history. This format worked well. After this section, the arrangement seemed more random and this led to some unnecessary repetition. Also, the author’s obvious and understandable admiration for Pete Rose causes him to make some ostrich-like statements about Rose always being real and never having any pretense. Rose’s own book, “My Prison Without Bars” shows the inaccuracy of this assessment. Conviviality doesn’t equal transparency. Still, the book does a solid job of summarizing Phillies’ history. One of my favorite parts was Tug McGraw’s description of Game 5 of the 1980 NLCS, “Going through an art museum on a motorcycle.” I wonder if he ever did that.