Sep 16, 11
Read from September 09 to 16, 2011
Growing up listening to Orioles games, I was primarily interested in the Mike Mussina story. Being a sport "nerd" and still a fan of the Orioles, the book did a great job of helping me recall when he left the Orioles and why I still follow him when he became a Yankee. Surprisingly, Feinstein does a good job of making me care about the Tom Glavine story. The contrast between the pitcher help keep the story fresh. The book insight into pitching may not be fresh to some people, but Feinstein does a good job of fleshing out both pitchers character making the book interesting if the day to day facts about pitching doesn't interest you.
Why knock off a star? A star is loss because I don't see a non-sport and/or baseball fan caring about the book. Yes, Feinstein is catering to the sport fan, but that doesn't mean an attempt isn't made to relate to the general audience. A minor complain is that some of stories that Feinstein used as tangents to break up pitchers stories, I didn't particular care for. In some cases, I felt a of few the tangents unnecessary added to the length of the book and affected the pacing of the book.