Sunday, September 20, 2009

Book Review: Becoming Manny

Becoming Manny:
Inside the Life of Baseballs Most Enigmatic Slugger

This book review is long overdue, but it was such an interesting book that I couldn't just skip reviewing it. I got it from the library and had to return it a couple of months ago, so there won't be any direct quotes from the book. One of the authors, Jean Rhodes, is a professor of psychology and explains, using psychology, why Manny is the way that he is. They discuss his poor New York childhood dominated by his mother and sisters and the close relationship he maintains to this day with his Little League coach.

I was amazed to find out that it wasn't until Manny was a proffessional baseball player that any of his family ever saw him play a game of baseball. So why is Manny the way that he is? The book points out that Manny is just so focused on one thing, hitting, that nothing else really matters to him. It was a great read and very insightful. I am not a fan of Manny but I would recommend this book to any baseball fan.

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