We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees | [Matthew McGough]

Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees

Sixteen-year-old Matthew McGough was a fairly typical teenager, obsessed with getting through high school, girls, and baseball, not necessarily in that order. His passion for the New York Yankees was absolute, complete with a poster of his hero, Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly, hanging on his bedroom wall. Despite having no connections whatsoever with the ballclub, Matt dreamed of sitting in the dugout with the fabled Bronx Bombers.
Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Sixteen-year-old Matthew McGough was a fairly typical teenager, obsessed with getting through high school, girls, and baseball, not necessarily in that order. His passion for the New York Yankees was absolute, complete with a poster of his hero, Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly, hanging on his bedroom wall. Despite having no connections whatsoever with the ballclub, Matt dreamed of sitting in the dugout with the fabled Bronx Bombers. So, in the fall of 1991, he wrote a letter in his very best penmanship to the New York Yankees asking for a position as a bat boy.

Miraculously, he got the job, and on April 7, 1992, Matt walked into the madness of the Yankee clubhouse on Opening Day. And there was Don Mattingly, Donnie Baseball himself, asking him to run an errand, an errand which soon induced panic in the rookie bat boy. Thus began two years of adventures and misadventures, from the perils of chewing tobacco while playing catch with the centerfielder, to being set up on a date by the bullpen, to studying for a history exam at 3:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium, to his own folly as Matt gradually forgets he's not a baseball star, he's a high school student.

Bat Boy captures the lure and beauty of the American pastime, but much more it is a tale of what happens to a young man when his fondest dream comes true. Matthew McGough wonderfully evokes that twilight time just before adulthood, ripe with possibility, foolishness, and hard-won knowledge.

©2005 Matthew McGough; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It is a pretty story, too, of a boy who made a dream come true and then remembered to live all the parts of it." (Booklist)
"Honest and self-effacing." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (37 )
5 star
 (19)
4 star
 (14)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.0 (6 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.2 (6 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Sarah Miami, FL, USA 01-02-09
    Sarah Miami, FL, USA 01-02-09 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    35
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Fun"

    This book was a fun jaunt through professional baseball from the eyes of a teenaged fan. An inside look at the players from a different viewpoint than usually heard. Well written and holds your interest throughout the book. I really enjoyed the read. You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Edward Redondo Beach, CA, United States 11-18-05
    Edward Redondo Beach, CA, United States 11-18-05 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A Gem"

    Intricate knowledge of how the Yankees clubhouse works is just a part of what you get from this fine young mans account of a great experience in his life. 2 summers alongside Yankees while in High School is every Bronx boys dream.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Stamford, CT, United States 07-15-05
    Chris Stamford, CT, United States 07-15-05 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    177
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Wonderful fun"

    Even if you're not a sports fan (and I'm really not), this book is simply laugh out loud fun. Mr. McGough writes as if he's talking to you, and he writes well. The stories are funny, the characters are wonderful, and it made me want to find out if there were any jobs with the Yankees.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Glenn Aliquippa, PA, USA 06-16-05
    Glenn Aliquippa, PA, USA 06-16-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A Diamond"

    If you were ever a teenaged boy, you will be entertained by the uber-honest telling of this tale about baseball, fame, glory, screw-up and redemption.

    Prepare to relive your youth for a moment or two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gregory United States 07-17-13
    Gregory United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "80's Yankees Fans Will LOVE It!"
    What did you love best about Bat Boy?

    Everything. Well written, moved along nicely, the narration (although it took a little while to get use to it) was great. Real stories about the NY Yankees that I grew up loving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As a teenager at that time, I would have done anything to have that job!


    What about Jason Harris’s performance did you like?

    He got more and more into it as the book went on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    R. A. Frank cali 01-11-12
    R. A. Frank cali 01-11-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Put on your cleats and sit next to Don Mattingly"

    This book had the wonderful aspect of taking me inside the real world of a Major League Baseball from a wide-eyed boy's view. Anybody that grew up a baseball fan will love imagining being in his shoes. I loved the baseball parts and even the parts about his life as a high school student burning the candle at both ends. There was a problem though, to me it seemed like the Publisher must have decided that the book was too short and needed more content. There is about 2 hrs of story (during the off-season) that deals with a financial scam the boy got into that really doesn't fit with the rest of the book. I would have rated the book higher had it not been for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.