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Posted January 9, 2010
Big Red Machine
Disappointed. I was 7 yrs old when the Reds won the 75 Series. I remember my parents yanking me out of bed in the 9th inning so I could see the final outs and watching them jump up & down with excitement. I was hoping to relive some of those same emotions while reading this book, but it fell significantly short.
I liked the interviews with some players, and the insight within the clubhouse. I was surprised at how Griff felt like an "outsider" to the group, but I had come to understand the Big 4 "owned" the clubhouse. Its no different than any other clubhouse with any sport at any time...some personalities dominate while others just blend in.
I guess I was expecting more from player interviews, coaches interviews, opposing player interviews....just more of everything. Even more, the book recites repeatedly how 75 W.S. was the greatest ever played. If so, I would expect more content on the Series...Red Sox interviews, Marty, more opposing player interviews, tv broadcaster/MLB resource interviews. Honestly, I don't remember word one about Joe Nuxhall in the book...and we all know his impact on the Reds as a player, but he was the other "voice" of the Reds during this historic period.
I could've gone without the over-played rants of Pete Rose at the end. I'm the biggest fan in the world of his play/attitude/pitbull mentality between the lines. But agree or disagree with MLB's standing on him, he dug his own grave. If the author would have kept Pete on topic with his thoughts on the Series and on the team emotional roller-coaster during the playoffs, I would've appreciated it more.
One person's opinion on this book, but I could easily see adding 150 pages to the effort and diving much deeper into what I've mentioned above. I just expected more......
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Posted October 27, 2009
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