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Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit Hardcover – February 19, 2009
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McCarthy has come in for criticism from his team's veteran manager and some of the players who he describes have said they were not even on the same team with him that season. Even if some facts have been lost in the four or so years since he played, or names have been changed, this book is easy to read and very accurately captures the flavor of what it's like to try to make it to the majors. George Will could experience vicariously what he never would come close to in real life.
Matt McCarthy, in his own way, is a poor man's Hayhurst. His career only lasted one year, comprising of a stop in the lowest or the low league. His narration is breezy, and an honest look at his circumstance and his abilities. The hilarity does not reach the height of Hayhurst's adventure, and McCarthy's self examination is not as deep.
McCarthy finds himself in certain predicaments, such as when his girlfriend, who he has been pining for, and remaining faithful to for the better part of a season, flies in for a visit, only to announce that she is a born again, and has re-virginized herself.
For all the pain, fun and disappointment, McCarthy walks away from his career learning lessons from his career. Those of perseverence, of learning and accepting one's limitations, of laughing at one's own bizarre circumstance, and making decisions to play by honest means and accept the consequences, even while others around him are cheating.
I found myself wondering whether I would enjoy the experience of competing on a professional team, giving my all, even while I knew my talent would not carry me. I think I would make the same decisions as Mr. McCarthy.
Matt McCarthy's stories of his year in the minors with the California Angels organization are rife with recognizable names, current major leaguers, who he spent time with as they, too, struggled to big leagues. But these aren't Sunday church picnic tales. I'm sure some of the players involved cringed when reading their own exploits told back to them in the voice of this long-forgotten teammate. I could only think, if these were the exploits he felt okay with publishing, one can only imagine what was edited out.
It is always a treat to read a well-written book about sports, and especially from an insider's perspective. If you are a fan of baseball at all, you will enjoy this book. Even those who aren't drawn to America's Pastime will find a compelling story and humorous anecdotes enough to satisfy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whether McCarthy's tale is true or not, it is a pretty good description of the hijinks of minor league baseball. Read morePublished 6 months ago by England
Best book I've read concerning the trials and tribulations in the minor leagues.Published 11 months ago by AeroKirby
quite a good story of playing in minor league baseball well written and amusing and from time to time quite touching.Published 14 months ago by Smith W., Roedel
McCarthy is a natural, at least as a writer. While his arm might not have taken him to the majors, the pen will take him into the literary elite. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ronnie Aigle
Kind of voyeuristic. I would feel better about reading the book if Matt had gotten the permission of everyone whose private conversations he recounts. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steve Richter
Very well done. A lighthearted look. Sometimes thought provoking and very intimate at times look into the minor league baseball world.Published 17 months ago by mlcsjcj4
With 3 feet of snow piled up here in CT, I needed
a baseball book to get my mind off of winter and
on to spring training. This, sorta, did the job. Read more