Through 25 years of managing, Tony La Russa has won more games than any current manager. He's the most strategically adept and arguably the smartest manager in baseball, and he still believes that games are won not by statistics, but by the hearts and minds of the players.
Given unprecedented access to La Russa and his team, best-selling journalist Bissinger captures baseball's strategic and emotional essence. We watch from the dugout as La Russa's Cardinals take on their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, in a thrilling three-game series.
Some of the greatest players of our time grace the lineups: Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Scott Rolen, Mark Prior. La Russa, a 40-year veteran of the game, shows why he's so revered. And Bissinger's laser-beam focus uncovers surprising truths about the pathology of slumps, the art of beanball retaliation, the eccentricities of pitchers, and the timelessness of the game. His swinging prose brings every moment gloriously to life.
©2005 Tony La Russa and H.G. Bissinger; (P)2005 HighBridge Company
"Mixing classic baseball stories with little-known details and an exclusive perspective, this work should appeal to any baseball fan." (Publishers Weekly)
"With a knack for detail, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author picks apart the fundamentals of the game, enters the mind of one of baseball's greats, and provides the reader with a front row seat. His ability to bring to life America's pastime is wholly provocative and excruciatingly detailed." (Bookmarks Magazine)
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.
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