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Major League Dads: Baseballs Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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"…a sentimental book for readers who like the old-fashioned appeal of the father-son baseball connection... Readers will enjoy the simple reminiscences of players such as Moises Alou or Aaron Boone who had MLB fathers and who grew up around the stadium. Other sons, e.g., pitcher Greg Maddux, had dads who coached them in the early years and who were wise enough to realize the limits of their baseball knowledge. …a good option for public libraries or as a Father’s Day gift."
A perfect Father’s Day gift for baseball-loving dads, Neary and Tobin’s collection of 137 reminiscences from current and former professional baseball players who each had their fathers as their early (and sometimes pro) coaches is clearly a
“Major League Dads is the perfect father’s Day gift for your dad, no matter what team he cheers for–and the perfect thank you for those hours teaching you to love the game of baseball. Check it out!”
About the Author
Terry Francona is the two-time World Series champion manager for the Boston Red Sox and the fourth person in history to manage 1,000 games for the Red Sox.
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A great gift to any fan. This book restores the love of the game from it's simplest perspective: That of a kid playing catch with his dad.
for the opportunity to share my thoughts..would highly recommend all dads of little leaguers to view & follow some of the examples in the book..happy reading & teaching with son/daughter!
The authors have selected quantity over quality. Most of the interviews were conducted in major league clubhouses and the players seemingly didn't spend much time with the authors. Interviewing 134 players was way too many because there's little substance to most of the interviews.
Most of the fatherly advice falls into the following categories: work hard, don't quit, hustle, stay positive, have fun and be passionate about the game. Reading slightly different versions of this advice gets rather monotonous after awhile. There are no poignant or touching stories here.
The formula is a little background on the player, a couple quotes about his dad, some information about the player's first major league game and whether or not his dad attended and not much more. I would have preferred to have fewer players featured with more depth about their father-son relationship.
Many well-known players such as Derek Jeter, Roy Halladay, David Wright, Greg Maddux, Joe Mauer, Justin Verlander and Scott Rolen are included in the book. Lesser known players are also included, such as Scott Dohmann, Sam Fuld, J.J. Furmaniak, Justin Ruggiano, Taylor Tankersley and Jason Wood. An interesting feature of the book is the photos of some of the players when they played Little League or youth baseball.
This is not the type of book that you read straight through. It's best read by picking different chapters, perhaps of your favorite players. I doubt if many readers will read all 134 player interviews. They tend to be more similar than different. The thought behind purchasing this book is probably more satisfying than the book itself.
This is the worst baseball book I have ever read.