This book is presented as a history of the team and I expected it to be an impartial telling. However, it is really a fan book with quite a bit of hom...moreThis book is presented as a history of the team and I expected it to be an impartial telling. However, it is really a fan book with quite a bit of homerism. Don't get me wrong - I pretty much agree with basically all of said homeristic points of view - however, it comes across as a little juvenille.
I found out after picking up the book to read it that this is a whole series - you can find one of these about your favorite team - in a variety of sports. So it obviously is marketed to fans of their specific teams who wouldn't mind reading about opinions they share. But if you want to read about the history of the team, this probably isn't the best series to use.
I did think that in this Patriots one the writer did a good job on the chapters telling about the people within the game, rather than the chapters covering game details where he presented too much of a personal opinion. One final point is that the book is written so that you can pick it up and read any chapter in any order - but it does become a bit repetitive if you read it from cover to cover because there are a lot of topics that intersect.
Fun and easy read if you just want to have feelings about your team validated. Good representation of the players/coaches/owners. Bad source for an unbiased history of the team.(less)
I wasn't sure how to rate this non-fiction book, which follows the Chatham A's of the top amateur Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of 2002. On t...moreI wasn't sure how to rate this non-fiction book, which follows the Chatham A's of the top amateur Cape Cod Baseball League in the summer of 2002. On the one hand, I loved the topic/subject matter. On the other hand, I was disappointed in the way it was covered. So I guess 2.5 stars would be more appropriate than 3. It seemed to me that Collins vacillated between descriptive passages that worked to embellish the scene and play by play notations and technical details that blurred my eyes. I wish he could have made them work together more smoothly.
There is a section in the back listing the names of players on the team that signed with the MLB - this would have been a perfect spot for a list of the full Chatham A's 2002 Roster - maybe even with pictures. It would have made it easier to follow along with all of the players and volunteers and coaching staff that drop in and out of the book.
Collins begins this book by showing us 3 young men and how they got to be top amateur college baseball players in the country and their path to the Cape Cod League. This is a great start. Then we are introduced to the Manager of the Chatham A's - the dominant team each summer. From there Collins drops in names randomly throughout and gets away from the 3 main players he set the stage with. This is because he spends some time detailing the particulars of the action in a lot of games and that brings up all the other players on the team. So then he tells bits and pieces of the other players' stories. He comes back to the main 3 throughout but I kept losing track of who was who. At the very end he closes with the original 3 players to let us know how things fared for them and their college/professional careers.
He provides nice insight about how the teams are put together each year, how the league is run as well as how it came to be and evolved. He sets the scenes very well and makes you want to head right to Chatham to take in a game. He puts you in the minds of these 20 year olds and how they balance reality with dreams. But when he gets away from the 3 main players and their Manager that he chose to focus on, the nicely formed book rambles off on a lot of tangents that, while interesting, take away from the type of book he seems to have set up to write.(less)
Pretty fast - seemed too short. Probably because Brady is very guarded with his personal life. But was interesting to read about his family's impact i...morePretty fast - seemed too short. Probably because Brady is very guarded with his personal life. But was interesting to read about his family's impact in his life and to see how he became so driven.(less)
Entertaining insight from the Big Tuna - better than his press conferences. Too bad McDonough isn't around to write the story of the subsequent Final...moreEntertaining insight from the Big Tuna - better than his press conferences. Too bad McDonough isn't around to write the story of the subsequent Final Seasons.(less)