Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants
On the day of the 2010 All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants were pitted in fourth place in division standings. In some ways, their lack of success seemed more predictable than surprising: Manager Bruce Bochy's "Dirty Dozen" included an ace pitcher still recovering from a marijuana bust, a young hitter locked in a hitting slump, and an MVP seemingly condemned to the dis...more
This is obviously a must-read for any serious Giants fan. But even a casual fan of baseball (or of just Tim Lincecum or Brian Wilson) can enjoy this well-written series of vignettes detailing the improbable apotheosis of a group of "castoffs and misfits." This is the story of how the Rally Thong, Pat the Bat ...more
"I see your dirty face, high behind your collar...And you take your time, and you do your crime...When I arrive I bring the fire, make you come alive, I can take you higher...LET IT ROCK, LET IT ROCK, LET IT ROCK."
I laughed, I cried (no I really cried), and I truly did think I was part of the team. I read this book just as the Giants were slipping away from Arizona and were on a horrible scoring streak. Our pitchers were beat, and our ...more
Andy Baggarly is the Giants beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News, and pretty much the leading media force that covers the team. His twitter feed is ...more
A Band of Misfits is a love letter to the 2010 SF Giants (and Buster Posey in particular). It reminded me of Moneyball, if Michael Lewis wanted to marry the A’s and have tiny Billy Beane babies…only without Billy Beane or math. (But still with Barry Zito. *dreamy sigh*)
I liked this book very much. It was a fun fast read to help get through these last few days be ...more
Baggarly does an exquisite job intertwining baseball biography with engaging narrative. As you sweep through the season you feel the excitement build through Baggarly's words, while detailing each "character" with their mini-bio's so that we feel closer to the pla ...more
I wish they had a whole chapter dedicated to Matt Cain, who has always flown under the radar, but showed his moxie on the national stage.
It was fun to read, and I wanted the story to conti ...more
There are no words to properly express my joy and gratitude to the Giants for finally bringing a World Series championship to the city of San Francisco. Baggarly makes their victory that much sweeter by showing us that it could not have happened to a better group of guys. A true team.
Good stuff if you're a Giants' fan and didn't follow Baggarly on Twitter in 2010.
G I G A N T E S B A B Y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !