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SEPTEMBER NIGHTS: Hunting the Beasts of the American League East Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Pros: gives insight into what the players are actually feeling/thinking at certain points throughout the pennant race. The actuals tend t be much different than what is put out by the media. The language makes you feel like you're sitting talking to Shieldsy one on one. I do remember all of the big moments in the games he is reliving and that is pretty cool.
Cons: very redundant at points (Chapter 1 especially). At times you feel like he is just repeating himself to fill pages and it gets old quickly. The language makes you feel like you're sitting talking to Shieldsy one on one - I know I placed this as a Pro HOWEVER the language is a bit annoying at times, many grammatical and spelling mistakes in this book.
Overall I am enjoying it....just know what you are getting.
Shields delivers a refreshing look at the pressures faced as each game has so much meaning as they battle for the Division title in baseball's toughest Division. These pressures are compounded by the emotions associated with knowing the team as configured in 2010 will change dramatically, as free-agency looms for many of the stars of the team.
Chastain captures the pressures and emotions beautifully, much as he did in "Payne at Pinehurst".
James Shields, a star pitcher on the team, documented the 2010 playoff push in "September Nights" (with a little assist from professional baseball writer Bill Chastain). Shields takes us into the locker room, the dugout, and out onto the field with the team. He tells behind-the-scenes stories, and describes how such a moment affects the players involved. Further, Shields also goes into a few flashbacks to tell of some memorable moments in the team's recent past.
If you're looking for a tell-all book, this isn't it. The only secrets revealed are those that the parties involved would be OK divulging to the public. Fortunately, this reviewer has no great desire to delve into the dirty laundry of the famous. As such, I enjoyed the book. Perhaps my biggest beef is that it was too short; had Shields and Chastain broadened their scope, we could have learned even more about the team and its players. Still, it was a nice nostalgic look back. (I have to wonder whether fans of other teams will enjoy it as much as I did; I am reasonably certain that non-baseball fans would not get into it at all.)
Solid 4 stars, Mr. Shields. Good luck with your continued pitching career after your trade away from our area AND good luck with your writing career - I HOPE this is not the only book you write in your lifetime.
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Great, great baseball book. Shields does a wonderful job of describing September 2010 without bad mouthing or airing dirty laundry. Very insightful and well written. I enjoyed it!Published on October 17, 2011 by Scott Bills
I am fairly new to the subleties of baseball, but Chastain does an outstanding job in translating from Shields and letting you understand the emotion and strategy of the game. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Rays Fan