I have been a baseball fan all of my life. I have played baseball, coached and managed youth baseball teams. This is the best book on the Game that I have ever read or listened to. It is superbly written and wonderfully read. It is so much more than a just a look into one man's life in the Game, it is a timeless look into the intricacy and beauty of baseball.
Unless you are a baseball fanatic or obsessive Cards fan, you may find yourself getting bored. The ballpark organ they play between chapters is cheesy.
After listening to this book, I must admit that I have lost all respect for Tony LaRussa. Bissinger’s account of LaRussa’s family life (or lack there of), his inability to see any wrong in his own players (Mark McGwire or that it’s ok when his pitcher throws at a hitter) and his constant talk about how hard it is to be a baseball manager (“the hardest thing for a manager is when to call for a hit and run”). Give me a break.
We’re talking about the life of a baseball manager – LaRussa wants us all to believe that he’s some sort of God.