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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (528 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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)

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.”