Saturday, January 26, 2008

Idiot - By Johnny Damon

You can tell this book was written by an athlete. First, Damon does
not come off as modest. He’s certainly willing to tell you exactly how good he is, and how much he means to his teams. It was a quality I had started to notice during interviews his last couple seasons with the Sox. But, it's magnified in the book. He also gives you the “straight dope”. The book reads like you’re talking to Damon at a table in a restaurant, and he's on his third beer.

If you’re looking for great Pulitzer Prize winning writing, obviously this isn’t the place to look. While, not exactly well written, it’s worth the read. And, it's quick, so you don't feel like you wasted a lot of time. It contains insight into a team locker room, and gives an insider’s thoughts on the events of a baseball season. It explores the issues of “distractions” that the media likes to speak at length about. How much did the players really care when Pedro bolted early? It also discusses the lengths a ballplayer must go through to enjoy life inside the microscope that is professional sports. I felt I had learned something worthwhile after reading this book, which is really all you can ask for.

If I have to rate it...out of four bases, I give it: 3 Bases.

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