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2.0 out of 5 stars Condescending and needlessly negative, August 17, 2008
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This review is from: St. Louis Cardinals: Yesterday & Today (Hardcover)
Great pictures, great break down of the different Cardinal eras. However, I grew increasingly disgusted with the condescending and patronizing tone of the author and the needless pot shots in a book for young Cardinal fans. Did Vince Coleman have a troubled time as a New York Met? Yes, but I don't want to read more about the "fire-cracker" incident and less about his base stealing in a picture book about the Cardinals (p. 117). I felt this was not the place to go into his unfortunate post-St. Louis choices. Save it for a Mets book.

I really took issue with the vicious nature that was used to attack Mark McGwire on pg. 128. His controversy should be mentioned no doubt but it seems like the author had an axe to grind. McGwire, a "lanky" rookie who in 1998 was suddenly a "towering behemoth"? Since when has 6'5" 215-220 for a professional athlete in his early 20s been "lanky"? He's always been a large guy. Don't change facts to support the claims of attention seeking coke head Jose Canseco and the congressional witch hunt. I also thought it was obscene to ask if the "S" on his chest stood for "superman or the other S-word." The "other S-word"? What - 'steriods' or some other 'S' word? This was a completely inappropiate bashing of McGwire especially in a Cardinals book for the young fan. Steriods in MLB is an issue way too complicated to go into for half a page of text where it's made into a ridicuous "black and white" issue. (I used a lot of white-out for this section.)

Jim Edmonds turns easy plays into a photo-ops to "vogue for the camera"?(p. 129) Really? I thought he played shallow to take hits away from the opposition. And the "Redbirds Outlast the Red Sox" in 1967?(p. 82) Really? Is that what Bob Gibson did to Boston in the World Series - "outlast" them? A lot of this book just seems very condescending and needlessly passive agressive for a book supposedly celebrating the Cardinals. It also doesn't help that this book seems targeted for young Redbird rooters. There are about 30 better Cardinal books than this. It could have been really good b/c I really do like the layout and photos of memorabilia, unfortunately it was marred by poor editorial decisions.
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2008 4:32:17 PM PDT
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Alias says:
I've been reading it more and have decided to throw it in the recylce bin b/c it's garabage - no stars. Right after talking about Bob Forsch's 2nd no-hitter the author feels the need to make an outrageous claim that Forsch was known to doctor pitches with illegal substances - that's a complete lie. He reduces Adam Wainwiright's heroics against the Mets in the NLCS after striking out Beltran on 3 straight pitches as a "wobbly save." He then says the only 2 good pitchers the Cardinals ever had between 1996 and 2006 were Carpenter and Morris (p. 134), the rest were "keep you in the game type pitchers." You know, dominant pitchers who won 15-20 games like Kyle, Stottlemyre, Benes, Mulder, Stephenson, Williams, and tough pitchers like Finley, Hermanson, Suppan, not to mention phenom Rick Ankiel. All of them just happy to keep the Cards "in the game." I could go on and on about the complete vile spewed by this guy in a book that's supposed to celebrate the Cardinals. Do NOT buy this trash- sounds like author Bruce Herman is a cubs fan who was assigned to write a book about the Cardinals. It's a disgrace!
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