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Long Shot Hardcover – February 12, 2013
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"Mr. Piazza has had one of the stranger and more inspiring careers in baseball history. . . . [Long Shot] explain[s] how this non-prospect blossomed into a legendary hitter." (Tim Marchman The Wall Street Journal)
"Beloved Mets catcher Mike Piazza comes out swinging in a new memoir—confronting rumors about being gay and taking steroids, detailing his romantic home runs and finally setting the score with his hated rival, Roger Clemens." (Michael Gartland and Cynthia R. Fagen The New York Post)
About the Author
Lonnie Wheeler’s numerous books include collaborations on the autobiographies of Hank Aaron (I Had a Hammer), Bob Gibson (Stranger to the Game), Mike Piazza (Long Shot), a baseball dialogue between Gibson and Reggie Jackson (Sixty Feet, Six Inches), and reflections on a summer at Wrigley Field (Bleachers). The author of Intangiball: The Subtle Things That Win Baseball Games, he lives in New Richmond, Ohio.
Top Customer Reviews
Defensively, Piazza was below average, rarely throwing anybody out trying to steal a base; however, playing his career during the notorious "Steroids Era", hardly anybody was running anyway. After all, a guy on first base was already in "scoring position" with so many home runs being hit. Piazza addresses the performance enhancing drug issue by flatly denying he ever juiced, and I tend to believe him. After all, his throws from home to second base never seemed to gain any velocity; not a scientific evaluation, but what worked for pitchers should've worked for rag-armed catchers, as well.
Piazza also refutes the "gay rumors", that were circulating during his playing days with the New York Mets; proving that playing in the Big Apple was a challenging endeavor, to say the least. Perhaps his biggest challenge in New York was staying out of harm's way whenever Roger Clemens was on the mound.Read more ›
I came into it as a huge baseball fan and a huge Mets fan, with a slightly positive attitude towards Piazza and what he did in his career and what he was for the NY Mets. I finished the book, and I actually think I loathe the man now. He came across as a selfish, self-absorbed, jerk. He whined and whined over and over in this autobiography. The tone of the book was also very angry. I found myself skipping entire paragraphs when the whining started, or when he was being an angry conceited jerk. It just got to be too much. At times it was annoying to read, and at other times, it was just so disappointing.
He told some interesting stories in this book, for sure, but they were surrounded by his ego and his complaining about everything that didn't go his way. I'm glad I read the book because I love baseball knowledge and history, and I got some from it. But I'm also upset I read this book, because I can't stand Piazza now. For that reason, I'm not sure if a diehard Piazza fan should read this or avoid it. You might like hearing how he got where he got, but you also might end up thinking a little (or a lot) less of him because of how selfish, angry, conceited, and whiny he comes across. Read at your own risk, I guess. I, personally, will never re-read this book.
Unfortunately, the somewhat whiny side of Piazza comes through at times as well. Recounts of how he felt targeted by the media and shunned by coaches and MLB's MVP voters usually ended up in Piazza explaining how he would complain to his wealthy, powerful father in an effort to intervene and rectify the situation. That perspective though, while juvenile, did galvanize just how much his obsessive practicing of baseball cost him socially. There seems to be a lot of kid-like emotions still in him that he never lost, seemingly due to his failure to be out and about like a real kid while he was one; guess that can sometimes be the price of training for a Hall of Fame career. Piazza also speaks about his after MLB life with a wife and kids. Those parts show the happy, grounded, family-man side of him, which was nice.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick-reading book and got some interesting perspective but the storytelling could have been better.
His Father, Vince played an unbelievable roll in Mike's love for and growth within the magical world that is baseball. And here's where even an old-school-baseball-fanatic like myself... learned more about Mike's Dad than I had learned over all the years that Mike has been in the countries spotlight. Being that I was a Mike Piazza fan from the time he was a rookie on the Dodgers... I of course knew that his Dad (Vince) was old friends with Dodger manager and Hall Of Famer, Tommy Lasorda... and that if it wasn't for Tommy, Mike would not have even been drafted in 1988. It's part of the legend that Tommy pushed through a complimentary throw away 62nd round pick on Piazza.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Except for Piazza's execrable taste in "music," I found this to be a revealing look into the business of getting to the Majors and enduring the travails of a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
He might not have been well liked by fans or fellow ball players but he was one heck of a hitter and probably will be in Cooperstown one of these days.Published 4 months ago by Gail
Mike WAS my favorite alltime Met. I'm not sure now as he comes off as a whiny crybaby from a privileged background. Most of the book is how "disrespected" he was coming up. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lucky Bruce
Excellent reading for all you Baseball fans about his career thru Baseball and life after ! truly enjoyable reading for Baseball fans everywhere !Published 6 months ago by Kindle Steve Moore
I was a big Piazza fan in the 90's. I bleed Dodger blue and remember fondly the days of Piazza, Karros and Mondesi and the Martinez bros. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rick C