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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,425 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew McGough Narrator: Jason Harris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781415925645
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Sixteen-year-old Matthew McGough was a fairly typical teenager, obsessed with getting through high school, girls, and baseball, not necessarily in that order. His passion for the New York Yankees was absolute, complete with a poster of his hero, Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly, hanging on his bedroom wall. Despite having no connections whatsoever with the ball club, Matt dreamed of sitting in the dugout with the fabled Bronx Bombers. So, in the Fall of 1991, he wrote a letter in his very best penmanship to the New York Yankees asking for a position as a bat boy.

Miraculously, he got the job, and on April 7, 1992, Matt walked into the madness of the Yankee clubhouse on Opening Day. And there was Don Mattingly, Donnie Baseball himself, asking him to run an errand, an errand which soon induced panic in the rookie bat boy. Thus began two years of adventures and misadventures—from the perils of chewing tobacco while playing catch with the centerfielder, to being set up on a date by the bullpen, to studying for a history exam at 3:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium, to his own folly as Matt gradually forgets he’s not a baseball star, he’s a high school student.

Bat Boy captures the lure and beauty of the American pastime, but much more it is a tale of what happens to a young man when his fondest dream comes true. Matthew McGough wonderfully evokes that twilight time just before adulthood, ripe with possibility, foolishness, and hard-won knowledge.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Wonderful. . . . It should eventually find its way to that very short shelf of enduring sports nonfiction, perhaps somewhere between Ball Four and Friday Night Lights. Leigh Montville, author of Ted Williams and The Big Bam
  • A terrific memoir, combining an endearing coming-of-age story with a unique window on the inner world of baseball. It is warm, witty, shrewd, and entertaining from start to finish. Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • [McGough] writes fondly and opens a window that baseball fans rarely see. The Tampa Tribune
  • McGough provides humorous, often poignant, observations about Bronx Bombers legends. USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scarlett | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for a good chuckle. Kind of written on an adolescent level, but still good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/27/2014

    " This book is a fun collection of stories about two kids who spend a week each summer with their eccentric Grandma. She's not a woman to cross and the stories of how she exacts her revenge made me chuckle. I really loved the last chapter. It may not be a book for everyone, but it had me thinking about the weeks that I spent with my own Grandma. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 1/24/2014

    " This is a fun book! There are a few drinking references that I would have preferred to have skipped, but we used them for discussion points. We loved the laugh out loud sections of this book! It's a great read aloud! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/20/2014

    " This book is the first book in the series that included Newbery Winner A Year Down Yonder. They are both similar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/15/2014

    " I teach middle school, so I read several young adult books. This series is hilarious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 1/13/2014

    " I gave this to my mother to read, who in turn gave it to her mother to read. So, everyone in my family really enjoyed it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/6/2014

    " A children's book but it was a nice book and it only took me a day to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Watson | 12/15/2013

    " Wonderfully written characters coupled with a random collection of events. Cheery and heartwarming! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 12/13/2013

    " This is a perfect book to read out loud to your high school students! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/7/2013

    " Amusing portrayal of live in Depression-era midwest. The grandmother clearly shows there is no black/white of good/bad. Made me want to read the sequel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 11/30/2013

    " Very entertaining. Started with a laugh and ended with a smile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 11/29/2013

    " I loved every minute of this book. It's just a good time the whole way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Victor | 10/30/2013

    " I had to read this for a children's Lit class, and I found it quite amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristine | 10/28/2013

    " This is a fun, light book. I can see why this is a Newberry Honor Book. Richard Peck's writing style is delightful. His characters truly endear themselves to you in this heart-warming, funny story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/26/2013

    " Loved the grandma character! Another fun read to discuss with my kids. We all enjoyed this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/11/2013

    " 3.5 stars. Read with Maggie. Entertaining but not as good as the other books we've been reading. Though the last chapter made the whole book for me; very touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Cook | 1/26/2013

    " Richard Peck is a good author. I wasn't fond of historical fiction until I read some of his books. Very humorous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 11/3/2012

    " i though it was so funny,it had good and clean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/27/2012

    " #67 on SLJ Top 100 Children's Novels Poll - fun stories for kids "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 9/26/2012

    " A thoroughly enjoyable book about 2 teenagers who spent time at their grandmothers farm. It's not the kids who are the problem, but Grandma! I laughed and laughed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elin | 8/16/2012

    " This book is delightful.Rachell recommended it and it is a quick read. I felt the same kind of delight that I felt while I read Cold Sassy Tree. Perhaps this is a good companion piece to that book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Erickson | 4/16/2012

    " A really fun children's novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy T | 3/19/2012

    " This was next on my list of Newbery reads... what a fun and zany grandma! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 12/5/2011

    " A very entertaining read. I laughed out loud and I loved the grandmother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 10/1/2011

    " Book on CD. I have read this book several times and wanted to have Autumn listen to it, too. She was not as enthralled as Darren and I were by the stories. The grandma is wonderful, and you really grow to love her. Just a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew Johnson | 6/24/2011

    " Somewhat of a slow book. It took me a while because I wasnt into it that much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/24/2011

    " I feel as though I have visited a different time. A better time. I somehow feel like I know my own grandmother better for having read this book. I can't say enough good things about it. Clean, endearing, funny, insightful, we learn more from what isn't said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 5/22/2011

    " Liked it. Would be a very fun read aloud for 8-12 year olds. Or even older. This grandma is hilarious and very unconventional - you never know what she will do next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/19/2011

    " This is a perfect book to read out loud to your high school students! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 5/16/2011

    " May 2011 Book Club Book-I enjoyed this light-hearted collection of stories about Joey and Mary Alice's visits to Grandma's every summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mauri | 5/10/2011

    " This book was too funny. I would have loved spending my summers with Grandma Dowdel. Fun characters and full of laughs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoDee | 5/6/2011

    " All I can say is when I get older, I want to be just like Grandma Dowdell. She is one of the best characters ever written! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/1/2011

    " I actually like this book better than the sequel. It was a fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dillon | 4/30/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. To me, the grandma's character was surprising as most grandmas I know of don't do what this grandma does. Peck writes in a way that allows you to experience this surprise along with the characters in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy_walden | 4/28/2011

    " If you want to read a fun, funny book, I recommend this one. A boy and his kid sister visit their grandma for a week each summer. She spices up their life with her crazy schemes! I want to be this kind of grandma! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 4/25/2011

    " A fun book to read to your grandchildren! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 4/25/2011

    " A wonderful step back in time that enchanted me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie | 4/22/2011

    " We are reading it for school. :l "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/18/2011

    " Grandma Dowdell is one of my most favorite characters in literature! She is my fourth grade teacher. "

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About the Narrator

Jason Harris is a multitalented actor and voice-over artist. He’s narrated numerous audio books, including Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine, Breaking Point by Alex Flinn, and Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson.