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.
"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)
Say something about yourself!
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.
As a teenager at that time, I would have done anything to have that job!
He got more and more into it as the book went on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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