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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781400177493
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Seasoned pitchers Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina have seen it all in the major leagues, and both entered 2007 in search of individual milestones and one more shot at the world series—Glavine with the Mets, Mussina five miles away with the Yankees. The two veterans experience very different seasons—one on a team dealing with the pressure to get to a world series for the first time in seven years, the other with a team expected to be there every year. Taking the reader through contract negotiations, spring training, the ups of wins and the downs of losses, and the people in their lives—family, managers, pitching coaches, agents, catchers, other pitchers—Feinstein provides a true insider’s look at the pressure cooker of sports at the highest level.

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  • “Compelling…The true enjoyment of books like these are in the details, and Feinstein does not disappoint…This smart season tour makes a treat for both casual and die-had fans.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Davis | 2/15/2014

    " Throughly enjoying reading about the 07 Yanks and Mets and what Glavine and Mussina encountered as they pitched last season "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 2/3/2014

    " An inside look at two of the game's great pitchers, at least one of whom is probably destined for the Hall of Fame, and written by one of the premier sports writers of our time, this book followed Tom Glavine of the New York Mets and Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees through the 2007 season. Glavine started the season needing 10 wins to reach the 300 victory plateau, while Mussina was withing striking distance of 250. Both pitchers were veterans on teams that were expected to compete for the pennant in their respective leagues. Feinstein took the reader into the locker rooms and presented us with an inside look at how a pitcher thinks, trains, and reacts to the inevitable ups and downs throughout the course of the long baseball season. A big book, but one in which the prose flows quickly and easily and one that generated a surprising emotional reaction as Glavine approached the magical number "that shall not be named". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 1/12/2014

    " Interesting enough book for anyone who likes baseball. Otherwise I do not recommend it. Some fascinating insights given what happened to Mussina/Glavine and the Yankees/Mets in 2007 and the backstory of Mussina's and Glavine's careers was interesting as well. The middle of the book did get somewhat repetitive however, much like a baseball season itself does. I would have appreciated more insight into what these guys do with so much downtime rather than going through every start and whether they won or lost, which they typically attributed to an ump's tiny strike zone if they lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/3/2013

    " Another very good baseball book. I have a new liking toward Mussina after reading this. His sarcasm is great. There is one huge factual error in this that really annoyed me. Late in the book they mention how heading into that final week or so of the 2007 NL East Race that the Mets and WASHINGTON were tied for first. I mean come on... Usually that stuff doesn't bother me, but how could no one catch that. Overall though a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Austin | 11/25/2013

    " Holy crap, I SO love baseball. I wish Seattle would get a professional team again. If you know what I mean. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 9/13/2013

    " Great Book ! about the 2007 Season and how these veterens come through the ups and downs of it . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 8/26/2013

    " I like this one because it was about baseball and the Atlanta Braves. Great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/2/2013

    " My only gripe about this book is that it is massive--I mean, 580 pages, really? But it was so well written that I can't complain too much. I didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 7/22/2013

    " A very indepth look at pitching in the major leagues! I learned alot! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jihae | 5/20/2013

    " Sportwriting is easy to enjoy and I like both of the players but there just wasn't enough of story for this book to go 500+ pages. I don't think there was enough material for 200 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/11/2013

    " A book for the serious baseball fan. Very detailed account of two old war horses in the twilight of their career's. Well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/12/2012

    " inside stuff on two modern day pitching legends. Mike Mussina of the Yankees and Tom Glavine of then of the Mets. Feinstein style always gives a reader some good inside stuff on the sport he writes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Jonigkeit | 9/10/2012

    " I enjoyed this book as it details two different pitchers with very different expectations placed on them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Ascione | 4/4/2012

    " One of my favorite pitching books. Made me really appreciate Mussina where I hadn't before. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/29/2012

    " Being a Yankee fan, I enjoyed this book. I think only die-hard baseball fans and Yankee and Mets fans would enjoy reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zachary | 6/28/2011

    " I liked the insight into pitchers mentallity etc. Toward end after Glavine got the 300th I lost some interest as it became more dates and scores. But good. Feinstein does a good job. Son got this for me at the dollar store for Christams. great gift! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davehbo | 6/19/2011

    " Stopped reading. Best stuff was before the season started. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 12/1/2010

    " It was entertaining but not as in-depth as I had hoped. It is written for the general sports fan, rather than the hard-core baseball fan looking for insight into pitching strategies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyllis | 11/13/2010

    " Feinstein delves into major league pitching and pitchers. Nobody gets to the heart and meat of a sport like he does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 9/18/2010

    " NF - good for clsrm lib. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this account of two pitchers during one baseball season. Learned a lot "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2010

    " A parallel story about the 2007 seasons of Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina and Met pitcher Tom Glavine. A really interesting insider perspective of the two players - a little longer than I needed, but still a pretty decent read all things considered. If you like baseball, you’ll like this, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 11/17/2009

    " A book for the serious baseball fan. Very detailed account of two old war horses in the twilight of their career's. Well done. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 6/4/2009

    " A very indepth look at pitching in the major leagues! I learned alot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/30/2009

    " inside stuff on two modern day pitching legends. Mike Mussina of the Yankees and Tom Glavine of then of the Mets. Feinstein style always gives a reader some good inside stuff on the sport he writes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/29/2009

    " It was entertaining but not as in-depth as I had hoped. It is written for the general sports fan, rather than the hard-core baseball fan looking for insight into pitching strategies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate | 11/17/2008

    " I like this one because it was about baseball and the Atlanta Braves. Great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 10/14/2008

    " Great Book ! about the 2007 Season and how these veterens come through the ups and downs of it . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 10/13/2008

    " A classic John Feinstein book. Great for baseball fans, regardless of your favorite team, allows the reader to get in the mind of a major league pitcher. It's a position that is as much mental as it is physical. "

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About the Author
Author John Feinstein

John Feinstein is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me?, Living on the Black, Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, and others. He has also written four sports-mystery novels for young readers. He writes for the Washington Post, Golf Digest, Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis magazine, Basketball America, and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”