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Where Nobody Knows Your Name takes listeners inside the gritty, no-frills, high-stakes world of Triple-A baseball, which serves simultaneously as a launching pad for superstar careers and as a crash-landing pad for stars who have fallen. Introducing us to eight men - two pitchers, three position players, two managers, and one umpire - Feinstein tells the riveting stories of those who are on the cusp of greatness . . . and those who have toiled and come so close, just waiting for the call from the big-league teams that will make their dreams a reality.
From Raleigh to Lehigh Valley, from Indianapolis to Pawtucket, Feinstein gets to the heart of the human stories in a uniquely compelling way, giving readers an intimate look at a baseball world not normally seen.
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By W Perry Hall on 04-09-14
Living on the Cusp of a Dream
No one is better at providing an inside look at a sport than John Feinstein. He does an excellent job at narrating his book, with a fire and enthusiasm you would not find with most of the whitebread narrators on audible who would ruin this audiobook.
He provides just the right mix of background, anecdotes and quotes. You can feel the pressure on these guys to perform, to make it to the BIGS, to THE SHOW. A lot a minor leaguers drop out relatively soon after starting; once it becomes apparent they will never make it, they decide it's time to stop playing a game and move on with their lives. This book is primarily about Triple A (AAA) minor league players and teams.
These are the guys who have been in THE SHOW and are back, or guys who have played for years and years on the cusp of a dream on the verge of either giving up because of age or injuries and moving on or playing one last year to get a shot at a slot on the expanded September MLB rosters.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball (on whatever level it's played).
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Brady on 05-16-14
Insightful read of AAA minor leage players/coaches
I really enjoyed this book. Its focus was primarily on those at the AAA level that had a taste of the majors. The book not only included players, but also coaches, umpires, and even grounds' crew and radio announcers, but the focus was on the players. It was about guys pursuing their dream of playing (and staying) in the majors. A lot of it was bitter sweat. It's incredible the amount of heartbreak that baseball players go through to try and reach the majors. The releases. The travel. The bouncing around. And while much of one's advancement is based on performance, there is still a certain amount of "being in the right place at the right time" - injuries that allow opportunities for others, and hot and cold streaks. If you are in to baseball, this book won't disappoint.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful