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Publisher's Summary

Legendary first baseman Keith Hernandez tells all in this gripping and literary memoir.

Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent - not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament - that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show Seinfeld.

Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality. There are the hellacious bus rides and south-of-the-border escapades of his minor league years. His major league benchings, unending plate adjustments, and role in one of the most exciting batting races in history against Pete Rose. Indeed, from the Little League fields of Northern California to the dusty proving grounds of triple-A ball to the grand stages of Busch Stadium and beyond, I'm Keith Hernandez reveals as much about America's favorite pastime as it does about the man himself.

What emerges is an honest and compelling assessment of the game's past, present, and future - a memoir that showcases one of baseball's most unique and experienced minds at his very best.

©2018 Keith Hernandez (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"As a longtime baseball fan, I appreciated learning about the evolution of one of my favorite ball players - Keith Hernandez. Even when he is writing about his slumps, his book is a hit. I recommend it." (Gay Talese, author of High Notes and The Silent Season of a Hero)

"I have known Keith my entire adult life and this revealing and honest autobiography made me smile and weep. Everyone has their own 'bruises' and Keith lets us in on what it takes to survive the troughs and tough times to make himself into the MVP he was and fine man he is today. Incredible perseverance of the human spirit with the help of his family, Keith will always be the greatest ballplayer I ever played with. I'm proud to call him my friend." (Ron Darling)

"Meeting Keith when I was 13 remains one of the greatest moments of my life. The long arc of his career has been an inspiration for all of us, as we've watched him grow from the trials he's been through. This book shows how much grit it takes to be great. Indeed, after reading so many stories we never knew about his life and career, my appreciation for Keith - as a player, as a colleague, and as a friend - has reached new heights. I think we all have a great deal to learn from the dedication Keith has to the sport and the insights (and foresights) he has for its past, present, and future." (Alex Rodriguez)

"'Don't think,' said Crash Davis to Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham. 'You can only hurt the ball club.' No one ever said that to Keith Hernandez, the thinking person's ballplayer. 'You're gonna have to learn your clichés,' Crash advised Nuke. 'They're your friends.' This, too, is a rule that, fortunately, Hernandez ignores in this romp through his life before, during and after baseball. Except there is no life after baseball." (George F. Will)

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I Love Keith But...

Great baseball stories and analysis as expected but not a lot of his middle to end of career. I knew going in there was nothing about the Mets unfortunately but doesn't even talk about Cards World Series. I suppose it's in his other books which maybe are better.
There's a great worth though of his early Cards years and his mindset.

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One of the best books i've read this year.

Keith Hernandez is a great story teller. This is a compelling and honest story, much of it not focusing on his successes, but his struggles. Great anecdotes and stories from his youth. Definitely worth reading.

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Good storyteller, repetitive stories

I'm a very casual BB fan as I find it 90% boring and 10% jaw droppingly brilliant. But, I like reading long form sports writing. Just interesting to see what life if like for these guys and gals. KH narrates. That is good. He has a genial, conversational delivery. It's like you are just sitting around with a friend who is telling you about what his work is like. A friend you like, who is a grown up, but who has maintained a youthful outlook on life's enjoyments. Also, it's interesting work, and he is interested in it, as well as very self-aware. This all makes for an enjoyable listen. I do think it gets a bit repetitive - this game after this game after that game. Yes, that is BB and informs the experiences, but I would have preferred that he did more reflecting or analyzing what's right and wrong with the game, as I found those insights to be really great parts of the book.

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Must read/listen to for Mets fans

This is a real "page turner" and great listen to. Keith does a terrific job sharing the very interesting story of his development as a baseball player as well as sharing some insights into his childhood and personal life. Compelling story about one of the most beloved Mets. Keith displays his natural humbleness and candid comments that make his so likable. It is worth the investment in money and time.

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I'm a fan.... and so are you.

GREAT audio book, read by the author, Keith himself. A lot of substance, no punches pulled. Keith shows his vulnerabilities and insecurities, an inspiration to anyone with self doubt. A relatable story of his upbringing with a strict parent who only wants the best for his children but cannot communicate effectively. Great insight to who Keith Hernandez really is as a person, not a story of his role on the 86 Mets but a story a a true pure major leaguer. Thank you Keith for writing this memoir. Highly recommend.

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Great Book, does not cover Mets playing years!

Keith is a great story teller, but this books falls a little short in that he does not talk about his playing days as a Met. While I understand his stance that those stories have been told by many other authors, it would have been very interesting to hear Keith's first person recollections of 1986 and all the stories that came with it. I am sure he has many stories about Doc, Darryl, and many other of the Mets from that season that would be incredible to hear from his perspective both as a player then, and now looking back on their careers.

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  • Michael
  • Boulder, Colorado
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Great insight from a legend

Keith Hernandez is a baseball legend. his stories are amazing. And this memoir captures 1970s baseball.

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His early years...

I'm not familiar with any earlier books Keith Hernandez wrote, do I'm not sure if they're covered in those books, but I would have liked to hear about hisb role in the Pittsburgh drug trials, as well as his time with the Mets. This book takes you to about 1980 of his playing career, and in Godfather II fashion, to his present day life as a broadcaster. I really enjoyed his reading, and LOVE when the author is also the narrator. I don't want to ruin the ending, but I feel like Keith took us all on a journey, that had a bit of an epiphany at the end. I'm going to go look for his previous works right now...

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I liked the balance between his childhood years and the passion he had for baseball and the insecurity he also had within himself when he got to the big league. He is honest about his life before, during and even after baseball on so many levels. I really enjoyed his book!

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Keith Takes Reader Along on Journey

Enjoyed the fact that Keith Hernandez did the narration of the book doing super job taking the listener through his baseball journey and his childhood experiences including his father background and involvement in his career. Didn't go into detail of his Mets career, but did enjoy his chapter with Pete Rose.