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07-08-2003, 03:24 PM
Interesting piece -
Has anyone picked this one up?
I did see it this weekend in B&N and I walked right by it.
Was that a mistake?
07-08-2003, 03:39 PM
...next week. A book actually written by a n ex-jock? What is the world coming to...it sounds terrific,BTW
07-08-2003, 04:37 PM
Well, Dierker was a teammate of the man who wrote the most controversial and best baseball book I ever read. Jim Bouton seemed to like Dierker, as I recall.
08-06-2003, 12:42 PM
...well written, not morbid about his seizure and subsequent surgery, sort of his story, told in easy going fashion, like you're sitting next to him on a train ride,or in a saloon. Its not mean spirited and it is surprisingly guileless,its funny and honest and a good read...
08-06-2003, 12:45 PM
Thanks for the feedback Pat!
08-06-2003, 02:50 PM
Rob Neyer gave it a very good review a week or so ago. It's on my to-do list.
08-06-2003, 04:03 PM
I'm surprised at the good reviews both here and externally. I guess I was just expecting a piece of junk, with an ex-manager's rants against everything others do wrong.
At least now I'll give it a shot.
12-31-2003, 03:24 PM
Just finished this one after receiving it for Christmas. As Pat said months ago, it's a very good book. Dierker (or his editor) splits the book into chapters thematically rather than chronologically, so we get an overview of different aspects of the man's playing, broadcasting, and managing career. Chapters include "Spring Training," "Opening Day," "Pitching," "Managing," "Umpires," and others.
I found it quite insightful and even-handed. It's not beautiful prose, but it is an interesting guy telling interesting stories.
12-31-2003, 05:39 PM
It's in my "to read" pile - I'll move it up based on you guys. Thanks.
01-05-2004, 01:03 PM
It's in my to read pile, too. I guess I better get to it!
05-19-2004, 10:16 PM
Been reading this one on and off for a while now. Not finished yet. I like it. Took about 100 pages or so to get me really interested. He jumps around a lot on a topic - from his playing days, to the booth, to being a MGR. Took a while to get used to that style. He shoots from the hip yet takes a thinking approach to situations. Not a bad book at all. Glad I am reading it.
05-21-2004, 06:02 PM
Dierker spoke at a Houston-area SABR meeting last summer. He seemed like a really nice guy, was very articulate and entertaining. I picked up an autographed copy of the book, but have not yet read it.
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