Regular price: $29.65

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

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)

More from the same

Author

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    65
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    66
  • 4 Stars
    20
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    56
  • 4 Stars
    27
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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...

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Footnote...

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!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic!

I watch just about every game my favorite team plays, for many many years and the amount I learned about the game from this book is staggering. Yet, it avoids getting boring or lengthy. Keith is a great storyteller and it was a blast to get a view behind the curtain and to hear anecdotes about so many legends of the game and how it shaped a young player.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

loved the book!

great insight into not only the man but the game. I knew you were something special Keith.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Solid bio

Keith reviews his upbringing and early pro ball years in the minors and then with the Cards. Very nice look into the thought process of a hitter, and I appreciated hearing his opinions on the current state of the sport. Mildly disappointed at the lack of coverage of his Mets years, but I guess that’s volume II.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Incomplete

Great story but stops at Cardinals years, where’s the juicey Mets stuff and the World Series!!!!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I would like more please

Seems like Keith is reading, but that's ok. Good story, The man loves baseball, what else is there to say.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

please make part 2

I would like to have a Part 2 book (this book doesnt discuss the Mets team, that would have been fun) But this was fun and informative nonetheless , I learned many things (Keith is not mexican, Parc Jarry was the worst baseball park, just to name a couple examples). One favorite part is the thorough game by game discussion of the 1979 competition against Pete Rose for title of batting average. Good book I will re-listen a second time maybe more. Keith as narrator not too exciting but on the other hand it's tremendous he did that's why I bought it.