Insight Pitch: My Life as a Major League Closer Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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—Tom Seaver, MLB Hall of Famer, friend, and teammate; author, The Art of Pitching
“Skippy, my boy. Great job on your new book. You’re still throwing strikes.”
—Luis Tiant, Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and longtime friend
“The mid and late 1970s are hardly remembered as the best of times for the New York Mets, but that’s not Skip Lockwood’s fault. Lost in the midst of mediocrity was some truly fine work out of the bullpen by a man who was as introspective and observant as any player of his generation. Armed with a keen sense of humor and self-deprecation, Skip’s memoir, Insight Pitch, provides a unique look at life in the major leagues before the players enjoyed the riches and security of today’s big leaguers.”
--Howie Rose, Broadcaster, New York Mets, WOR Radio 710 AM, New York
“The stories Skip shares in Insight Pitch of his major league career are sprinkled with humor and sensitivity. He shares with us his feelings and emotions when facing hitters in tough situations. This is a terrific book.”
-Rico Petrocelli, Red Sox Hall of Famer
“Skip Lockwood writes he might have been the "most ill-equipped person" to ever don a major league uniform, yet few seem better suited to tell the story of a baseball life. Skip’s glasses may have fogged up on the mound, but his perspective on the challenges, rewards, and realities of the game as it was truly played couldn’t be more clear-eyed. Hop in the bullpen cart with Skip Lockwood and settle in for a most Amazin’ ride.”
—Greg Prince, Faith and Fear in Flushing
“Insight Pitch was particularly poignant as I read it during my stint playing soccer in the National Championships. It helped me conceptualize.”
—Johann Clendenin, USMC
“From throwing a ball against the wall at his home as a boy to the major leagues, Skip takes us on a remarkable journey. He really knocks it out of the park. This book is a must read for any boy or girl and coaches, for that matter, interested in sports.”
—Dr. Harvey Dulberg
About the Author
Fergie Jenkinsis a former Major League Baseball pitcher who had more than 3,000 strikeouts over the course of his career. A three-time All-Star and the 1971 National League Cy Young Award winner, Jenkins was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
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1. The "everything stank" variety, in which the author blames everyone but himself for his misfortunes.
2. The "With the Lord I carried on" variety, in which the author credits God for his good fortunes.
This book is different....Skip Lockwood is a big wheel in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but he also became a sports psychologist, got his Master's, and studied both the craft of pitching and the life of the pitcher (and other athletes).
The result is an intriguing book that describes the career of a journeymen pitcher who had some good years as the New York Mets' closer, but focuses on how he did his job, both on the mound as a member of his various teams.
He is appropriately humble, very thoughtful, extremely incisive...and even offers poetry.
Skip Lockwood has written a fascinating book, and I highly recommend it.
All this is done with an easy to read and pleasant writing style that keeps the reader engaged throughout. What comes across is Skips high intelligence, modesty and self reflection, I think this adds to the joy of reading his book. If you love baseball and are curious to take a ride with a human being like you and me that happened to be gifted with a 100mph fastball, read this book.