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Great Expectations: The Lost Toronto Blue Jays Season

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In a one of a kind look at the Toronto Blue Jays 2013 season, two seasoned sports journalists take readers behind the scenes as the teamstocks up on stars, revitalizes its fans and embarks on a campaign of shocking disillusionment. Great Expectations begins with a detailed look at how general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off the blockbuster trade that acquired flashy ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by ECW Press
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Larry Fleisher
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I meant to read this book when it first came out but finally got around to it now. The book is a fascinating look at what went wrong for a team that was expected to do what the 2015 and 2016 Blue Jays did. The backstories to some of the key figures are fascinating as is the reporting and storytelling of what unfolded to acquire the various players.
P.e. lolo
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
This is a story about a lost baseball season that a lot of people thought would at least put them in the playoffs. That did not happen. What did happen was injuries and players not performing even to a standard that they had in the previous years before becoming a Toronto Blue Jay. Then the fan base watching the manager that got fired get hired by a rival Boston and they are the ones who go from last the year before to World Series champion. The book itself is good it is broken down by chapters ...more
Matt Simpson
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, nonfiction
You would think that a book about the soul-crushing season that was last year would not exactly instil any confidence in the current iteration of our beloved Jays.

BUT

Davidi and Lott use their inside access to give the struggle some insight, and lets us see a different side of the players we saw on the field every day last year.

This book actually is giving me some hope for the upcoming season, and I'm secretly harbouring the idea that the Jays will pull a Boston-like turnaround and become a
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Andrea W
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
I give this book 5 stars for content, and 3 stars for writing structure (so I've averaged it out to a 4). Filled with anecdotes and stories from players, coaches, managers, and fans, it's a really fun and insightful look at the 2013 Blue Jays roster. The stories about Kawasaki are especially heartwarming. Unfortunately the book lacks flow in some spots, and in others lacks grammatical structure. I suspect this comes from what I will assume was an extremely quick turn around time. Despite this, ...more
Darren Currie
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Doesn't make me feel better about 2013. But I did enjoy some of the behind the scenes things you never hear about.
Arf
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
adequate retelling of one of that season. but man there was a real story hidden in there somewhere.
Jared
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports
Interesting read. Not a lot of new insight but some neat background on the players. it's worth reading but it won't win any awards
Kristen Duever
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very thoughtfully written and insightful. An excellent behind the scenes look!
Steven Spoelstra
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the season that was supposed to be a championship season for the Blue Jays. Book includes a walk through the season and an in depth looks at the key players. Worth the read.
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