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

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    A thrilling story of how a little boy from the Dominican made it big in sports history!

    Becoming Manny by: Jean Rhodes, Shawn Boburg, and Leigh Montville explained the life of Manny from a small boy from the Dominican Republic to becoming arguably one of the best hitters to play in the game of baseball. Growing up on dirty streets known for drugs and violence, Manny kept him and his friends away from it and made sure he was focused on baseball. He stood out from his friends and started playing for good teams. When he grew older he reached the unthinkable and made it to the Major League Baseball Association. Manny began with the Cleveland Indians and had a very successful career. He started to slump and the Red Sox signed the extremely talented slugger. Manny was a key part to the Redsox organization and helped them win two World Series in four years. As his career continued in Boston, the fans and organization began to loose hope in him and many trade rumors had been in the news for years. Manny was finally traded from Boston and had moved to the Las Angeles Dodgers, it was time for all of Red Sox Nation to move on from their slugger and focus on what was to come. Manny may be getting older but is still known for some clutch plays, homerun hitting, and clumsy plays. Their is no real ending to this book because Ramirez is still wearing the Dodgers uniform. Manny is a perfect example to kids out there. He lived on dangerous streets but avoided the distractions and fulfilled his dream and became a future Hall of Famer in Americas Pastime. I recommend this book to baseball fans or people who just wants a good read about a boy from the Dominican, to becoming one of the most talked about athletes in America.

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

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    Becoming Manny: A well written biography of a hardworking individual

    The book Becoming Manny, written by Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg, published in the year 2009 by Scribner a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. is a well-written and a descriptive look into one of baseballs greatest all-time sluggers.
    This biography displays key facts and information that show how he got to where he is today. Throughout the book, it stresses the strength and hardships Manny had when growing up in Washington Heights, New York. Also, it shows how much spanish influence there was and the culture that had developed in Washington Heights at the time due to it was the second most Dominican populated area in the world at that point.
    When growing up Manny was a shy boy. He would scarcely talk to anyone, and his mother Onecileda talks about him as a boy who didn't do much and didn't talk much except for his love for baseball. This all changed the time he signed up for little league and met what he didn't know at the time but would find out later was his mentor, father figure and simply just his best friend. His name was Macaco and he was a father figure to many of the young fatherless members of the little league teams. Right away though he took a loving to Manny and gave him special treatment even though Mannny would not have his parents come meet with Macaco which was a rule enforced by Macaco, but he let it slide for Manny. Manny never knew Macaco would still watch and coach him until this very day. Manny was always a hard worker. he would wake up early on his sofa bed every morning in Washington Heights and run up and down the worst streets in New York with a tire tied to his back. Neighbors remember him as a "determined person." Even when he came up to select leagues after high school he would work hard but still make his old Manny being Manny mistakes as Red Sox fans know it as. But for that he had to run all day which he did not a word said to the coaches. Soon after he was drafted. His own family didn't even know he was drafted in fact they never even watched his games or know he had an exceptional skill for baseball. This is another demonstration of how shy Manny was and how little he talked about himself. His mothers first game she attended was when he was in the AAA and she remembers it fondly.
    This all worked out in the long run as today Manny Ramirez is still breaking records and slugging home runs. I recommend this book to anyone who likes baseball or a story of a strong-minded kid whom is successful in what he really wants to do.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

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    Couldn't put it down!

    I really enjoyed this book. The best chapters detail his growing up in Washington Heights, the process of scouting him, Manny's rise through the minor leagues, and the final chapter, which ties everything together in a way that makes more sense of Manny than I've seen. Beyond the light it sheds on Manny and Dominicans in the majors, the book tells us about the Spanish culture, poverty, immigration, and the role of coaches.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

    An insightful book

    This is a well-written and intelligent book about one of the most interesting and prolific living sports figures. It's packed with interesting details and gives a thoughtful analysis of who he really is. Highly recommended.

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