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Living on the Black by John Feinstein
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Feb 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, sports, biography, own-it
Read from January 30 to February 01, 2012

An inside look at two of the game's great pitchers, at least one of whom is probably destined for the Hall of Fame, and written by one of the premier sports writers of our time, this book followed Tom Glavine of the New York Mets and Mike Mussina of the New York Yankees through the 2007 season. Glavine started the season needing 10 wins to reach the 300 victory plateau, while Mussina was withing striking distance of 250. Both pitchers were veterans on teams that were expected to compete for the pennant in their respective leagues. Feinstein took the reader into the locker rooms and presented us with an inside look at how a pitcher thinks, trains, and reacts to the inevitable ups and downs throughout the course of the long baseball season. A big book, but one in which the prose flows quickly and easily and one that generated a surprising emotional reaction as Glavine approached the magical number "that shall not be named".

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Mark Nearly finished with this one, too.

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