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Imperfect by Jim Abbott
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Jun 14, 2012

it was ok
Recommended to Neil by: Mary Crossan
Read from June 07 to 12, 2012 , read count: 1

This is an unremarkable book about a remarkable story. The first 100 pages is a repetition of how Abbott wants to be treated just like everyone else with sprinklings of childhood anecdotes. You never get to know Abbott beyond the missing hand. I wonder if an independent observer would better tell his story. I was also surprised that the book doesn’t go beyond his baseball career for at least one chapter. So many players struggle with that adjustment. I wondered how he coped.

I went with my family to see him give a Q&A on the book at Citizen Bank Park and he seems like an incredibly nice guy. The takeaway for me is the story of the kids that would come to visit him before games. That’s a lot to take on the mound every 5th day and pitch well. Kudos to him.

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