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3.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 53.94 out of 5 3.94 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Lupica Narrator: Lucien Dodge Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781101154489
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It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen-year-old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father. There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop—once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father. Mike Lupica, king of the sports novel, delivers his most powerful and kid-friendly to date.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 2/18/2014

    " This book gives me a good sense about what being a batboy is like. I have always wanted to be one, even though I live in Kansas City and the Royals aren't the best. This book also gives me the sense of how it is to have a father that doesn't care about you. I loved this book and cant wait for the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendall Lemmen | 2/6/2014

    " The ending made me want to stand up and cheer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler M. | 2/3/2014

    " I think that this is a book mainly for people who like baseball. If you do not like baseball you will probably not like this because it is mainly about a kid who loves baseball. I would recommend this to you if you really like baseball and play it or even just like to watch it. So basically, if you like baseball you will love this book but, if you do not you will probably not like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Issroff | 2/1/2014

    " The Batboy was a bit of a disappointment coming from such a talented knowledgable writer such as Mike Lupica. This fluke lacked a strong plot, however, it was easy to relate to the characters in the novel. Mike Lupica's generally strong literary works stand high above this catastrophe. A younger audience may be able to better appreciate the book's simplistic nature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 1/31/2014

    " 14 year old baseball fanatic, Brian, lands the summer job of his dreams when he is hired to be batboy for the Detroit Tigers. Growing up with a now absent dad who played in the majors, he has been a life long fan of the game. When his long time idol, Hank Bishop, comes out of retirment to join the team Brian believes life can't possibly get better. Bishop is trying to make a come-back after being suspended for steroid use but has lost his love of the game and maybe his talent. Brian is disappointed by the real-life version of his idol, but doesn't stop pulling for him (even when the reader might wish he would). Despite being predictable, this is a good read for baseball fans. I was rooting for Brian and the Tigers. Since I'm a crazy Red Sox fan, that says something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily B | 1/21/2014

    " I really like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham R | 1/20/2014

    " This was a really good book cause the ending and the begging was supring when you read the title it isnt what you would expect to happen for most of the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 1/19/2014

    " Very good baseball story. Steroid usage discussed. Good characters that are believable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/3/2014

    " I like where this book is going and I thought at first that it was going to be boring but it is quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monaquintana | 12/18/2013

    " Brian, 14, is hired as a batboy for the Detroit Tigers major league baseball team. The job is only for the summer but it has a great impact on his life. Not only does he get to meet and work for a great baseball player but his home life changes for the better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 12/16/2013

    " I read this for our middle school battle of the books competition. I have to admit to skimming some of the detailed paragraphs where it's a play by play of the game. Although I love baseball, I didn't enjoy reading these parts. The story overall was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Trojan | 6/22/2013

    " Gets five stars because it's a must for Tigers fans! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Lyman | 5/22/2013

    " Awesome book everyone should read it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 2/5/2013

    " This is a good book that describes the bond between a young boy and a professional baseball player. It shows that something little can change your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gatlin (Stop Joseph Kony!) | 1/29/2013

    " This book was pretty good. It's about a kid who's a batboy.(duh;D) And how he goes on a slump in baseball. And so does his favorite player Hank Bishop,who recently comes to the Detroit Tigers.But with the help of his all-time favorite baseball player,things start to look bright. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Will | 1/8/2013

    " didnt make me as nearly as happy as Travel Team did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 9/26/2012

    " I am not a baseball fan at all, but this made me enjoy the game anyway! The game side of the story ends up predictably, but the emotional side of the story ends surprisingly "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Hemphill | 8/4/2012

    " Another fun baseball book by Mike Lupica. Nothing like reading about kids and major leaguer kids that love their baseball. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 7/24/2012

    " Not being a baseball fan, I couldn't really get into all of the baseball scenes. However, this was an enjoyable read and would make a great read for a true baseball fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach Peterson | 5/31/2012

    " it is so good u have to read it matt "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalei | 5/19/2012

    " I know next to nothing about baseball and found this endearing story of a young boy and his life immersed in baseball to be difficult to put down. Great story, easy to read and well told. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark D. | 4/3/2012

    " It got boring about towards the middle of it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brant Aughenbaugh | 5/20/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Hessling | 5/6/2011

    " Another children's book. This one was full of Lupica's moralizing about steroids, how records have been "tainted", and even a crabby ballplayer who learns to love the game again. But what the hell, I'm a sap, and I like stories like that end well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monaquintana | 5/3/2011

    " Brian, 14, is hired as a batboy for the Detroit Tigers major league baseball team. The job is only for the summer but it has a great impact on his life. Not only does he get to meet and work for a great baseball player but his home life changes for the better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 2/13/2011

    " It got boring about towards the middle of it "

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

    " I liked the story because it was about a kid about my age who gets to be a batboy for a major league team. Things start to go bad when his favorite player is mean to him and he makes him feel bad because he is a mean man. I liked the story a lot because it was realistic and had a happy ending too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 10/25/2010

    " I thought The Batboy was a good book for boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/22/2010

    " Very good baseball story. Steroid usage discussed. Good characters that are believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 9/23/2010

    " I didn't really know what to expect, but it was a fun story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 9/23/2010

    " If you love sports then you should read this book. It's about two people who did not like each other at all and be came friends. Also taught each other an how to got better. "

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About the Author
Author Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica is a New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers. He has carved out a niche as the sporting world’s finest storyteller. His column in the New York Daily News is syndicated nationally. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their four children.