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Posted August 27, 2014
My mother got this book for my husband as our older son is a sop
My mother got this book for my husband as our older son is a sophomore who plays baseball. She thought it would be a poignant story as did I. Well I have to say I have never read anything so self congratulatory by someone who has little to no reason to be patting himself so frequently on the back. The author's "don't ask don't tell" philosophy of parenting does not work out so well for his self involved son. The Shaughnessy children come across as egotistical brats and the son is the worst. The author smugly tell the reader how his house is the house for all of the Newton kids and it soon becomes clear that it is because there is no supervision and drinking is rampant. If you are really looking for a heartwarming story for fathers and sons and sports please read the book by that title with the forward by Mike Lupica. Much sweeter and much more touching. This is nothing more than a book on what not to do as a sports parent. Actually just what not to do as a parent in general. Unless of course like the author you think it is cute and funny your underage children drink and do drugs. No Mr. Shaughnessy it is not inevitable that your son smoke pot in 7th grade, come home stinking drunk in a cab and mouth off to their coaches and umpires. By the end of the book I didn't think the kid deserved to even go to college let alone enjoy the privilege of playing baseball at one. Huge disappointment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2013
This book is about a young boy named Sam who is in his senior y
This book is about a young boy named Sam who is in his senior year of high school. His father is a sports announcer and columnist for the Boston Globe. This story is about a father and son’s relationship when Sam is in his final year of high school.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When Sam’s father went to go watch one of his games it reminded him of his early childhood. He too was in love with baseball as a child and still is. He would always watch roger Clemens and other baseball greats on television all the time. All of these memories brought back by watching his son play the game he loves.
This is not the best book I have ever read, but it is very good.
This book overall is very good. It tells a heartwarming story about a father, son and his high school baseball team.
This entire book is one that is hard to follow, at least for me it was. In the beginning it would always switch from Sam’s baseball game to his father’s childhood. There was too much confusion in my opinion.
Posted February 7, 2013
Being a baseball dad myself, I was excited to pick up this book.
Being a baseball dad myself, I was excited to pick up this book. It is an easy and quick read. However, I became frustrated by the author's angst over his role as parent. There are also several incidents of name dropping in the book that don't add the story line. Finally, he get's his facts wrong in one instance. He mentioned being in North Carolina for a weeding and made reference to Presidents Jackson, Johnson and Polk - who are all from Tennessee.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
By the end of the book, I like the author less than at the beginning. I didn't find it the heart warming book I was expecting.
Posted July 13, 2007
Sitting in the baseball stands reading this book, I have had several parents ask me about the book. They said that they were going to have their child read the book and I suggested that they also read the book. I have been accused by my brother-in-law of forcing my children of doing some of the same things that Mr. Shaughnessy did by forcing his son to try out for basketball. That is a hoot because he has his son playing hocky year round. It is a good thing that Sam didn't go to Notre Dame, they had a coach change and didn't make the Big East Tournament for the first time in years.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 30, 2009
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