- File Size: 25586 KB
- Print Length: 100 pages
- Publication Date: March 25, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007OO05A0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Just A Minor Perspective: Through The Eyes of a Minor League Rookie Kindle Edition
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"Just A Minor Perspective" is an interesting glance at the lowest levels of the minor leagues, from a player who wasn't exactly considered a top prospect. The book is set mostly in Pettis' head; we see the league from his own perspective, and get a good feel for the drudgery of minor-league life: endless bus trips, substandard facilities, bad food, and cramped living quarters in small towns far, far from home.
However, selling this book as a "novel" is a bit of a misnomer. There's very little attention to detail here; there are no memorable teammates, no love interest, no antagonist. Pettis went 8-0 with a 1.37 ERA and an insane 0.847 WHIP in 2010, so there's not a whole lot of conflict or tension. The book is largely a series of loosely-detailed journal entries, with Pettis offering his thoughts but not much in the way of humor or sharp observational detail. In that sense, the book lacks the drama of something like Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" or the rich texture of Matt McCarthy's "Odd Man Out". Still, because Pettis had such an excellent season, the reader still cheers on his successes, and roots for him to make the major leagues after the book ends. Unfortunately, we now know that this will never happen...
---The Good Stuff---
* Pettis writes in a very informal, descriptive and easy-to-read style. The writing is fast-paced, and never bogs down in details or repeats itself. Pettis is also able to look at himself honestly, and his writing describes both his actions and feelings.
* By sharing his motivations and failures, Pettis actually ends up writing a decent "self-help" book. When his role on the team is switched, suddenly and arguably for the worst, he takes it in stride and concentrates on how to make himself better rather than agonizing over the decision. Similarly, he shows an ability to find the good things about his lifestyle rather than dwelling on the bad ones.
* You can't help but like the guy.
---The Not-So-Good Stuff---
* I really wanted to read more. The book is too short-I ended up reading it in one sitting, and I wanted to hear the story of the next season. It also could have gone a little deeper in to some of the subjects it raised.
* It is probably a reflection of Pettis' personality, but we don't see anything bad happen. No conflict, no arguments, no fights, or even discouraging words. It makes for a relaxing and uplifting reading experience, but I suspect we only heard half the story.
I enjoyed the book, and will keep an eye out for future work. It was uplifting, and I probably read most of it with a smile on my face. Unfortunately it ended a bit too soon, and probably gave an unrealistically positive look at minor-league ball. With the exception of a small amount of off-color language,definitely nothing they haven't heard in school, there is nothing in the book that would be inappropriate for young readers. I'd recommend it for any baseball fan-or even anyone who needs some motivating stories.
I was lucky to see him pitch. He spent the 2010 short season in Williamsport with the CrossCutters where he performed well both as a starter and from the bullpen. Once the Cutters season was over he was sent to Lakewood where he contributed to the BlueClaws winning the South Atlantic Championship. I should know, I was there for all the home playoff games including the win.
Back to the book. I liked it. It was an easy read, written as if Eric were sitting across a table from you in a coffee house telling you the story of his baseball career. I found it enlightening to get such an honest insight into the inner workings of the Phillies minor league system. As a fan and as someone who never had a chance to actually play the game, the book is like peeking into the locker rooms and lives of the minor league players.
There were several times where I'd exclaim, "I didn't know that" or "Wow, who thought that players had to go through all of that."
If you even have the most passing interest in the Phillies farm system, or any minor league teams I'd recommend this book.