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Bat Boy: Coming of Age with the New York Yankees

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Most of us have dreamed of sitting in the dugout with our favorite baseball team, and at sixteen Matt McGough was no different. A few months after sending a blind application letter to George Steinbrenner, on Opening Day 1992 Matt found himself walking into the legendary Yankee clubhouse. There, amid the chaos and excitement, he was greeted by none other than his idol Don ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Anchor (first published 2005)
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Shin
What a wonderful wonderful book. I picked this book on a whim at a used bookstore. The subject matter seemed simple and I felt a little silly buying the book, but once I started reading it, I finished it in a few hours. Loved the subject matter, loved the stories, and it was funnier and more poignant than I could have imagined. I am sure there were more clubhouse stories that could not be included, but nevertheless it was great. The Daytona Beach story literally had me laughing out loud. This is ...more
Carrie
My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Matt McGough through a rather set of random circumstances. A faculty at CSS had heard of "Bat Boy" and wanted to pursue hosting McGough on our campus for a reading and information session. After a few months of planning, he arrived in Duluth in March, 2010. In addition to attending the event, we got to know him a lot more through showing him around campus, driving around the city and speaking of its history, taking him out to dinner, and talking about ...more
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Will
Imagine sitting in the New York Yankees dugout with Don Mattingly! Well, this was the job of Matthew McGough doing errands for the team and many other jobs for the players and living his dream as the Yankees bat boy. When he describes being in Yankee stadium atmosphere you will feel like you are there too. The most inspiring part of this book is when Matthew was looking out from the bleachers of right field, and imagined himself being a bat boy for the New York Yankees.His dream came true when h ...more
Daniel
This is my dream job. To sit in the dugout alongside the greatest players in the world. To warm up the right fielder before every inning. To catch fly balls in the outfield before every game. To stay in Yankee stadium all night!!
This is the life of the New York Yankee's bat boy. Matthew McGough was lucky enough to spend two full years as bat boy for the New York Yankees. His story is incredible to hear. From the inside trading of player's merchandise, to making friends with the some of the great
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Natalie Maclees
As a great fan of baseball, it's my own misfortune to be a woman, and therefore doomed to be an outsider looking in on a man's sport. Any opportunity to peak behind the scenes is treasured and this story does not disappoint. The author takes us into the dugout, to spring training, onto the field and into the clubhouse. The story is wonderfully told, engaging, and poignant. Highly recommend.
Wayne
I was enthralled with the clubhouse stories the author told about the Yankees of the early 90s and I made a connection to author right away as a Yankees fan. However I did not relate to many of his coming of age stories that did not directly involve a Yankee player or Yankee Stadium. If you are a fan of the Yankees of the early 90's then you will be ammused by the quick read.
Max Stoudemire
This is a very good book and i enjoyed it very much! Matt put in a lot of hard work to be the bat boy of the New York Yankees. He had to sleep at the stadium sometimes and would have to go to school from Yankee stadium. In his 2 years as Yankee bat boy he had a lot of fun and was fortunate enough to be aloud to go on the 9 game road trip with the team. All in all great book!
David
Feb 01, 2009 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in locker room culture
Matt Mcgough's book is a good read about a high school student from the NYC suburbs who talks himself into an interview and eventually a job as a bat boy for the New York Yankees. Clubhouse antics and player values are highlighted. Even this passionate Red Sox fan found much to enjoy in this well written book.
Dani
Nov 28, 2007 Dani rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yankee fans
I've just started this quick read. It's not a literary masterpiece, but that's not why I'm reading it. It's a glimpse into the background and the hallowed sanctuary that is Yankee Stadium as told by a teenager, thrilled at the perks of consorting with famed athletes and legends. It's wistful and hilarious.
Greg
If you're a baseball fan, this is a great behind the scene look at baseball, as seen by a teen-aged batboy in the early 90s with the Yankees. I'm a Yankee fan, so it was especially interesting to find out which players were nice and who weren't.
chris
May 28, 2011 chris marked it as to-read
A very good read. I greatly enjoyed the inside look into my favorite player Don Mattingly and am excited to learn that my interactions with him are the norm for him. This is a dream job for anyone who grew up a Yankee fan.
Jen
Just finished this book, and it was a great time to read it considering it had firsthand accounts of George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard. The Boss gives the author a scholarship for college.
Ethan Maldonado
this Is My Favorite Book Of All time.

This Book can inspire many teenagers from all over the world to work
hard for what you really want it life and keep doing what your doing
until you get it.
Frank Taranto
Matthew McGough's story of his two years as a Yankee batboy. I liked the insight into life inside the clubhouse. I also enjoyed his honesty about himself.
Matthew
This boo was inspiring. It was about a boy who's dream was to be a bat boy and he did it but through out the book he struggle to mix school with work.
Pat
Good book, fun to read about the Yankees behind the scenes. A couple of things were disappointing to see, from a fan perspective.
Frank
Terrific book. Any baseball fan would enjoy the stories McGough tells. Everything you thought about being a batboy and more.
JoAnn
Jun 30, 2007 JoAnn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: baseball fans
Shelves: sports-related
I read this book in one night. The only thing I can say is that I'm highly jealous of the author!!!!
Mark
Good summer reading. Light but interesting description of life behind the scenes in an MLB clubhouse
Jayne
Fun, light reading and a must read for Yankee fans!
Robin Barbera
A Yankee fan must read!
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Matthew McGough was born in New York. He is the author of “Bat Boy: Coming of Age with the New York Yankees” and has also worked as a screenwriter for LAW & ORDER. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.
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