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Posted April 18, 2011
Great Read - A Baseball Lifer
Don Zimmer is just a classic, old school baseball guy and he provides a number of great stories from his entire career. He is very complimentary of the majority of folks he met along the way and when he discusses someone he did not care for, he holds nothing back. Zim easily could have become bitter over the years due to various injuries (notably from being beaned!) Just seems like he hustled and made his career continue through hard work, dedication and a clear ability to have great friendships with a large number of baseball people. This was a great read for any baseball fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 24, 2006
A True Baseball Legend
Don Zimmer, to me is a true baseball legend. He has been involved in the game of baseball his whole life. He started out in the lowest level of the minor leagues, Class D, where he had a little, but not much success. The next year, after attending a Dodgers tryout, he was called up to Class A. No player had ever made that jump in the Dodgers organization. There he encountered the first of his beanings. Zimmer was hit in the head by three pitches in his career, one of which was life threatening. He was in a coma for six days, and he nearly died. He had to learn how to walk and talk again. This was thought to be the end of the road for Zimmer, but it was not. He came back to play baseball, a little tentative at first, but he came back to stay. Soon after he started playing Class A ball again, he was called up to the majors. This was his shot, and he told himself that he was never going to go back to the minors, which he didn¿t. After playing for several different teams, he quit playing baseball. He would not leave the game though. He would coach and manage teams for the remainder of his baseball career. He was very successful, he won four tiles when coaching alongside Joe Torre with the Yankees. This book moved me in many ways. He was faced with a near death experience, and he fought through it and came back and finished his playing carrier. This shows tremendous heart, and not all baseball players have that, Zimmer, in my eyes, has the biggest. Another message that I got from this book, is that Zimmer did not stay involved in the game of baseball purely for the money, he stayed because he loved the game with all of his heart. This was good to hear, because now a days, that is not always the case. In the end, Zimmer has a really good life story to tell, and it will change the way any baseball fan will look at life. Some dislikes I had about this book is that some topics that are talked about, take way to long to read through. Once or twice, I found myself skipping some pages, just to get on to the next chapter, because I understood the point Zimmer was trying to get across. This book should be read by any baseball fan, because it is very inspiring, and it reveals what the game of baseball should really be like. Every time I see a baseball game, I now think about every aspect of the game, and why the game should really be played. Don Zimmer¿s story moved me, and it changed the way I think about baseball, and if you love the game of baseball, this book is for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2002
Bill Lee 'Once a Gerbil, Always a Gerbil'
Although it is now fashionable with the alternative community to play with Gerbil's, Zim was a trend setter, taking a liking to Gerbils so much, it became his moniker in Boston. I think the plate in his head is becoming rusty.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2001
A must for any real baseball fan!
This was a very detailed book into the life of someone who has been in and knocked around baseball for the past 50 years. It was great from start to finish. I couldn't put it down as I believe it tells the truth of baseball then and now. I liked hearing the real side to baseball! A must for any fan young and old!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.