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Download Bat Boy: My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew McGough Narrator: Jason Harris Publisher: Books on Tape 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 ballclub, 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jayne | 3/16/2013

    " Fun, light reading and a must read for Yankee fans! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Greg | 10/24/2012

    " If you're a baseball fan, this is a great behind the scene look at baseball, as seen by a teen-aged batboy in the early 90s with the Yankees. I'm a Yankee fan, so it was especially interesting to find out which players were nice and who weren't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 8/12/2012

    " This boo was inspiring. It was about a boy who's dream was to be a bat boy and he did it but through out the book he struggle to mix school with work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Frank Taranto | 8/17/2011

    " Matthew McGough's story of his two years as a Yankee batboy. I liked the insight into life inside the clubhouse. I also enjoyed his honesty about himself. "

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