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My Bat Boy Days: Lessons I Learned from the Boys of Summer Paperback – March 5, 2011
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What we've got here is a short tale from Steve Garvey about how he worked as a bat boy for a few major league teams while he and his parents lived in Florida. His father drove a bus and was hired to drive around some big leaguers during spring training. The first team he ran into was the Brooklyn Dodgers from the Boys of Summer era of the team.
After this short tale of being asked to be the bat boy for a day, how much it meant to him as a boy, and how it has stuck with him ever since, Garvey speaks about a few individuals from the Boys of Summer teams as well as Mickey Mantle and Al Kaline. They are his heroes, pure and simple, and the story is presented in a pure in simple fashion.
Garvey chooses a certain superlative to describe each of the players he idolizes and talks about his experience with them that illustrate the descriptive word he's chosen. Also contained within the passages are biographical stats of the players which illustrate their statistical dominance as well as the more personal qualities that made them heroes to the Garv.
The prose is easy to read and relate to. For anyone that doesn't know the story of Roy Campanella or why Koufax had to retire at 31, these are also presented as part of the illustration of the virtues Garvey holds in such high esteem. It's a very short read but very much worth the time to take a peek into the idols of a man who was an idol for many youngsters once upon a time.
Because of the innocent tone of the book, I'm surprised that it's not actually aimed at youths. My local libraries shelve this in the regular (i.e., "adults") sections, yet I could easily see this being something a late grade-schooler with an interest in baseball history would enjoy. I would also admit that I grew up watching Garvey but don't know that much about him. I do remember a few paternity suits and I see that Cindy Garvey's "The Secret Life of Cindy Garvey" is available and is now on my reading list. I raise this point because Steve Garvey's written a book about virtues he learned from each of his baseball idols, but it seems that fidelity was one that was overlooked. Nobody's perfect, though, and I was able to put this hypocrisy aside enough to enjoy the book, and if your young ones read this, it won't be obvious to them.
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Thought it would be more detailed about spring Training experiences. But gives you more of a brief outline about the Dodgers of olld. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by Meviews
Garvey et al will never replace William Faulkner, but to a man who grew up watching the players mentioned, the book warmed my heart. Read morePublished on March 29, 2009 by zebra!