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A Wonderfully Eloquent Inside View,
This review is from: The Game from Where I Stand: A Ballplayer's Inside View (Hardcover)
The dream of many kids growing up is to play professional baseball for their favorite team; preferably center field. That's the glamour position; the spot historically patrolled so well by the likes of DiMaggio, Mantle, Mays, and of course, the author of this book - Doug Glanville.
Glanville put together a very solid nine year career in the big leagues, playing a superb defensive center field, while compiling a lifetime .272 batting average. By all accounts, his time in the limelight was somewhat limited, but his recollections are downright fascinating. I couldn't put the book down.
Simply put, Glanville is a terrific writer; his words flow smoothly as he adroitly moves from one topic to the next; and his perspective goes far beyond the usual statistical mumbo-jumbo we're accustomed to reading from retired ex-jocks. This is a thoughtful piece of writing; his observations are honest, at times humorous, but above all else, compelling. He gives the reader a unique perspective about the nuances of the game, unlike anything I've ever read. His stories are honest and for the most part, non-judgmental. The few skirmishes he had with some of the other players he came across during his career were minor and quickly brushed aside. The occasional confrontations with certain overpaid prima donnas were quite amusing, and would probably come as no surprise to most fans.
As Glanville's career was ascending, it was not without a certain degree of anguish and travail. Maintaining a spot on a big league roster year in and year out is a challenging endeavor; sooner or later, the harsh realities catch up with every player, and they must make their reluctant exit from the game; often ill-prepared for dealing with the real world - and disillusioned that the fairy tale came to an end.
One senses that Glanville will be able to cope with these challenges better than most. He's obviously a very bright guy.