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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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