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Becoming Manny: Inside the Life of Baseball's Most Enigmatic Slugger

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  • Posted December 12, 2012

    The book ┬┐Becoming Manny┬┐, by Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg, is a

    The book “Becoming Manny”, by Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg, is an extremely interesting memoir that is a perfect fit for any baseball fan. In this great biography about the life of baseball icon, Manny Ramirez, the authors go into detail about every stage of his existence. From his birth, up until the book was written (2009). This book is an awesome one to read, whether you want to learn how the baseball superstar came to be who he is today, or even if you just want to learn a little about Hispanic heritage.
    From the time of his birth, Manny has always been much loved by his whole family. His parents, Onelcida and Aristides Ramirez, his three sisters, Rossy, Evelyn, and Clara, and he himself all were born, and spent a portion of their childhood in the Dominican Republic. This is where Manny started to play, and to love, baseball. Whether it was playing at the local field with his Dominican little league team, or stick ball in the streets with his neighborhood friends, Manny was constantly playing ball. In the story he states “I don’t remember much about those times (living in the Dominica Republic), but I do remember that my mom would get upset, because I never came home in time to eat at the table with the rest of the family. I was always at the field playing.”
    When Manny and his family immigrated to Washington Heights New York in Dec 1985, Manny was only 13 years old. Upon arriving, one of the first things Manny did was signup for the local little league team. The team was coached by a man who was nick-named “Macaco” or little monkey. This was Manny’s most influential mentor throughout his life. Manny and Macaco still remain very close friends to this day. In the book, Manny states, “There are three people in my life who I can really trust; Juliana [his wife], my mom, and Macaco.” Manny goes on to state “He’s like my father.”
    Although people think of Manny as being lazy, after reading this you will see that this is very untrue. Every coach that talked about Manny in this book mentioned his incredible work ethic. Most of them even go on to say that of all the players they had coached, Manny worked the hardest. One coach said that if Manny had a game at 5:00pm, he would be there at 10:00am taking batting practice. In the book Manny also states one of his workout routines. He would wake up at 4:30 in the morning, every morning, and run up one of the tallest and steepest hills in Washington Heights, dragging a giant tire behind him!
    This book also takes you through his years in the majors. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 1991 draft, he had a long and accomplished career of 19 years. Manny played most of his years as a member of The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians; however he also played for The Los Angeles Dodgers. Manny was a twelve time All-Star and nine time Silver Slugger recipient. He also recorded stats like seventeenth in career homeruns, eighth in career slugging, second in career grand slams, and first in career postseason homeruns.
    I can honestly say that this was one of the best books that I have read. I would encourage any baseball fan to read this. When I started reading this book I was, by no means, a “Manny fanatic”, however after reading this book I felt as though I didn’t have a choice but to love him. The authors, Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg, take you so in depth to every detail his life, I feel like I’ve been close friends with him for years. If you’re looking for a great book to read, then pick up Becoming Manny.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Great book for someone with a love for baseball!!

    This is a great biography by: Jean Rhodes, Shawn Boburg and Leigh Montville that helps unburry the life of Manny Ramirez. Also it's a great biography for someone with the love for baseball and, or the love for Manny Ramirez. It is a great biography about a famous Hispanic and on a tough man who battled through out his life to become what he dreamed on being ever since he was a little boy, a proffesional baseball player in the MLB. Through out the book it says what Manny would do as a child like he would come home late to diner from playing baseball and always watching baseball with his padre(father). It also talks about all the different baseball teams he played for from when he was five all the way to when he was playing proffesionally. Besides baseball it also talked about his family. Manny had a mother named Onelcida and his father was named Aristides. During the book there were events that Manny was involved in and his family was always there to support him in any way possible. While Manny was growing up though he lived in a dangerous neighborhood with his family. But this did not stop him from becoming a future Hall of Famer in Cooperstown, New York. I would recomend this book to anyone who has a love for baseball, Manny Ramirez, or just a great biography on a famous Hispanic. So go grab this book and begin a learning experience right away.

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