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James Shields was born and raised in the Los Angeles area of California. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays drafted him in the sixteenth round of the 2000 June draft, and he reached the major leagues in 2006. Since then, Shields has been one of the main cogs in Tampa Bay’s pitching rotation and has been an American League All-Star. He had pitched eleven complete-game victories as of September 12, 2011, the first pitcher to throw 11 complete games in more than a decade. He resides in Clearwater, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cadent Publishing (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937644006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937644000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,015,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dukes on September 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Big Game James" Shields and Bill Chastain team up to deliver a riveting revival of the Tampa Bay Rays improbable run to the 2010 American League East championship. Even though the reader obviously knows the outcome of the "David vs. Goliath" AL East race between the underdog Rays and the heralded New York Yankees, Shields' perspective from inside the clubhouse allows the reader to experience the tension of the Rays' incredible pennant drive as if it was happening today! At the same time, he brings out the unique chemistry of this unique organization -- from the genius of Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon to the diverse personalities on the field -- the quirky Matt Garza...the unflappable David Price...the clutch Evan Longoria...the effervescent Carlos Pena...and many, many more. The fact that I read this book in September 2011 -- while the Rays were making yet another impossible run to the playoffs -- magnified the intrigue of the book! Chastain has a history of excellence as an author and MLB.com reporter, and he and Shields have created a must-read for any lover of the game!
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By Brenda S on January 10, 2012
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Honestly I had higher hopes for this book. But here is my review:

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.
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This book written by James Shields illustrates the rise of The Tampa Bay Rays to the top of the AL East , the toughest division in baseball. James Shields was a big part of that. Although he was recently traded to the KC Royals, James Shields will always be a big part of the success of the franchise.
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This is a great read, providing unique insights into the mindset of the pro athlete as the race enters its final, critical 30 days.
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".
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s a Tampa Bay Rays fan, I fondly remember the playoff drives from the past few baseball seasons. However, my experience was limited to what I could see from my seat in the ballpark or in front of my television, coupled with what I could read in the local newspapers.

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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