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Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
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The most interesting sections are the discussions of the personalities of the players. Even La Russa, driven and manic and oblivious to the damage he is doing to his own marriage, is not quite as interesting as some of the athletes. There is Cal Eldred's journey from New York phenomenon to effective elder statesman; there is Kerry Robinson, who over-estimates his own talents and squeaks by with the occasional ability to have startling success; there is Yoda-like pitching coach Dave Duncan; the frustrating wasted talents of JD Drew and Garret Stephenson. And of course, there is the great Albert Pujols, with a talent so majestic and sublime that he may eventually rank among the handful of greatest players ever.Read more ›
However, if you don't like baseball, you probably will be bored silly throughout this book. But you never know - give it a chance and you may appreciate the game a little bit more.
Darryl Kile's death, which ironically occurred in Chicago, the city with which St Louis has such a great rivalry, is presented here in moving detail. I feel sorry for Flynn, Kile's lovely wife, and their children. Their little boy is maybe three or four now and yet he will never know his father.
The story of Rick Ankiel is treated more lightly, and will keep you in stitches. Ankiel, the pride of Fort Pierce, comes off in Bissinger's aphoristic prose as a bit of a flake.
The three games Bissinger writes about are thrillingly presented, but when I closed the book it all seemed to have happened so long ago, particularly because only in the past year or so has the issue really been broached about steroid use. LaRussa seems honest about this, but it's hard to tell how much he's covering his own ass about rampant steroid use on his team and what he knew about it. After Jose Canseco's book and congressional hearings into the matter, maybe the real story will have to wait until a few more players die brutal and unexpected deaths. Or perhaps, as Canseco implies, you're not really a man if you can't handle the drugs that go with baseball.
I must also add a word in favor of LaRussa's work with the Animal Rescue people. No matter what people say about Tony, you know his heart is in the right place, and this animal work is nothing new for him, he's been into it for eons. Good for him. If St Louis ever tires of T, there's a place for him reserved at Rainbow Bridge.
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I HATE the Cardinals & despise LaRussa. Respect the hell out of both & you will too once you read this wonderful book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hoozur
This is a well-written look inside one of baseball's best franchises. I read it as a way of becoming more familiar with the Cardinals organization. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SunnyBainbridge
A great book for the baseball fan, particularly to be read during spring training!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a baseball fan and am fascinated by the intricacies of strategy. This book is well written and gives great incite in to the thinking of one of the most intelligent managers... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Howard Rotner
I've read Moneyball. I've read "The Book" by Tom Tango. I am a huge baseball fan, but this book is incredibly tedious. It moves SO slowly. I couldn't even finish it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Denhartog
It's a good baseball book, in spite of the author. The chapter on Daryle Kile, particularly pages 212-213, is wonderful and sums up baseball and life quite well. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frank L. Greenagel Jr.
A master craftsman of creative non-fiction, Bissinger brings his enormous talents to the world of baseball, probing deep into Tony LaRussa's mind of angles and numbers and showing... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brad Balukjian