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4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Buzz Bissinger, Jeffrey Nordling Narrator: Buzz Bissinger, Jeffrey Nordling Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781598872019
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author captures baseball's essence in this account of a dramatic three-game series viewed through the eyes of legendary St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

Through 25 years of managing, Tony La Russa has won more games than any current manager. He's the most strategically adept and arguably the smartest manager in baseball, and he still believes that games are won not by statistics, but by the hearts and minds of the players.

Given unprecedented access to La Russa and his team, best-selling journalist Bissinger captures baseball's strategic and emotional essence. We watch from the dugout as La Russa's Cardinals take on their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, in a thrilling three-game series.

Some of the greatest players of our time grace the lineups: Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Scott Rolen, Mark Prior. La Russa, a 40-year veteran of the game, shows why he's so revered. And Bissinger's laser-beam focus uncovers surprising truths about the pathology of slumps, the art of beanball retaliation, the eccentricities of pitchers, and the timelessness of the game. His swinging prose brings every moment gloriously to life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 2/17/2014

    " GO CARDS! GO TONY! no doubt... the best manager in history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saharat Surattanont | 2/14/2014

    " Nice view of baseball from the manager's perspective; very insightful in conveying a manager's game time philosophy, strategy by inning, and decisions behind each at-bat....also explores the impact of video technology on today's game--nice player evaluations as to the what separates an average player from the superstar "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/12/2014

    " This book is a really in depth look at a three game series between the Cardinals and the Cubs. Along the way it is also a lot about Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa. I was really impressed with how honest the book was, and how much access LaRussa gave the author. There are things in there that do not necessarily reflect well on the characters involved. It was also really cool to read about all the strategy in baseball, and all the quick decisions the manager makes. If you are at all interested in baseball, you should read this book. Although maybe not if you are a Cubs fan. :) "

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

    " Seeing the insights of a legendary manager like Tony LaRussa was great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Wright | 1/30/2014

    " I seriously could not put this book down, which surprised the hell out of me. I mean, I love baseball. Don't get me wrong. But a book about three baseball games? Seriously - amazingly good. Of course, it didn't hurt that my two teams (the As and the Mariners) absolutely sucked this summer. I needed a diversion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry Anglin | 1/23/2014

    " Quite possibly the best baseball book ever written. If you want insight as to why certain strategies are implemented during a game, this book is for you. On another note, this book single-handedly turned TLR from villain to hero in the city of St. Louis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shrinivasaron | 12/29/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book and I'm a Cub's fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 10/9/2013

    " A wonderful glimpse inside the strategy and beauty of baseball. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richie C. | 6/22/2013

    " TLR really loves baseball. Too many tangents in the book, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bazbal666 | 2/9/2013

    " wow, great f'n book! Baseball is truly an unholy alliance of chess, poker and blackjack... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 12/2/2012

    " Maybe I was just jonesing for baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed this insiders look into the dugout. What more can you ask for than the cubs vs. cards? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 6/19/2012

    " A great book, especially for anyone that loves baseball, sports, & St Louis Cardinals. As avid fan of baseball and Cardinals, I found it very interesting, and gave me better understanding of Tony, a GREAT Manager. Gave me more respect for him than I already had, which I had plenty before reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 4/5/2012

    " For any baseball (esp. Cardinal!) fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/26/2011

    " A very interesting read. Bissinger is a little on the cheeseball side, but the subject matter keeps it from getting too groanworthy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 10/30/2010

    " Any baseball fan should read this book with its behind-the-scenes look at a great rivalry. It's about the St. Louis Cardinals...nuff said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 9/14/2010

    " excellent book- not a huge Tony LaRussa fan but it does explain him pretty well. I love the Cubs-my second favorite team! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 5/24/2010

    " This one is up there with my favorite books about baseball. If you are any kind of a fan then you will love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julianne | 12/9/2009

    " I enjoyed the insight into the game's subtleties that this book explained. Very interesting for any baseball fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 12/28/2008

    " A must read for anyone who loves baseball or wants to coach the greatest game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daigo | 11/30/2007

    " I bacame fan of Tony LaRussa after reading this book "

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