A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants [NOOK Book]

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For 53 years, San Francisco waited. Waited for a team like the 2010 Giants to come along. Waited for a team that could end a title drought that started in New York and carried on for more than five decades after a move to the west coast. Waited for that one magical postseason run that could unleash more than a half-century of pent-up frustration. At long last, the 2010 Giants hopped on that magic carpet and made it happen.  San Jose Mercury News beat reporter Andrew Baggarly captured the 2010 Giants' ...
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For 53 years, San Francisco waited. Waited for a team like the 2010 Giants to come along. Waited for a team that could end a title drought that started in New York and carried on for more than five decades after a move to the west coast. Waited for that one magical postseason run that could unleash more than a half-century of pent-up frustration. At long last, the 2010 Giants hopped on that magic carpet and made it happen.  San Jose Mercury News beat reporter Andrew Baggarly captured the 2010 Giants' incredible run through the regular season, playoffs and World Series in his new book, A Band of Misfits: Tales of the 2010 San Francisco Giants, as they finally captured that elusive title not just for the team, but for the entire city of San Francisco.
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On the day of the 2010 All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants were pitted in fourth place in division standings. In some ways, their lack of success seemed more predictable than surprising: Manager Bruce Bochy's "Dirty Dozen" included an ace pitcher still recovering from a marijuana bust, a young hitter locked in a hitting slump, and an MVP seemingly condemned to the disabled list. Only those willing to take giant leaps of faith could imagine that this collection of misfits, eccentrics, and walking wounded would do what no Giants team had done since 1954: win a World Series. Andrew Baggarly's recap of an unbelievable season makes you believe in powers beyond our miserly imaginations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617495045
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 650,181
  • File size: 600 KB

Meet the Author



Andrew Baggarly is the Giants beat reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and has covered the team for the past seven seasons. Prior to that, he covered the Dodgers and Angels beats for newspapers in Southern California beginning in 1996. He writes the popular Extra Baggs blog for Bay Area News Group and can be followed on Twitter @extrabaggs. He has covered a four-home run game, a no-hitter, and multiple World Series and All-Star Games. He is a proud Hall of Fame voter and served as an official scorer for the 2007 All-Star Game at AT&T Park. Baggarly was born in Illinois, graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and lives in Eugene, Oregon, during the offseason.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Foreword Duane Kuiper xv

l Adios El Caballo 1

2 Hail to the Buster 10

3 Found Material 29

4 Who's Your Padre? 47

5 Putting It Bluntly 62

6 A Delicate Matter 81

7 Forever Yungo 96

8 Too Much Awesome 113

9 Home Stretch 133

10 A Nickel for Your Thoughts 151

11 Held in Check 171

12 Southern Discomfort 182

13 Bulls and Whistles 201

14 A Lot of Happy 217

15 All Decks on Hand 239

16 High Noon 254

17 I'll Say It Now 277

18 Fully Healed 290

19 Nailed It 307

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Is it not so easy to tell?

    Well, hmmm, let's see here...

    GIANTS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Torture

    Giants baseball-torture

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    Highly recommended. A must read for all Giants fans.

    A very well written book with great insight and stories of the 2010 season. Reading the book brought back a lot of great memories of the season and the author sprinkled in some great behind the scene stories that just added to the memories. This is a must read book for any San Francisco Giants fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Go SFG

    ist bases loded buster up whith 2 strikes and 2 outs and they are down 12 to 9 in the inning buster hits grand slam the Giants win the game as they beat dogers 13 to12!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    To band of kits

    Go to "cat royal" first result! Greyclan would love to have you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    How many ges does it have total?

    How many pages does this book have?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Hello

    GO A'S!!!!!!!

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Great Book

    It has been more than a year since that magical season occurred with the San Francisco Giants in 2010, but author Andrew Baggarly allows you to relive the games down the stretch as well as the final three series. This book not only tells about the season, but also looks deeper into the lives of key players on the roster. Looking deeper into the past experiences that have shaped these athletes allows you to understand what is at stake for them. From the up and coming Buster Posey to, the players that no one wanted (Pat Burrell and Cody Ross), this book shows how a ragtag bunch was able to defeat one of the best rookies and an outstanding manager in Atlanta, as well as Philadelphia¿s franchise players and still have enough in the tank to come out with four wins against Texas¿ pitching and hitting combo. Baggarly explains that a team is not one or two people, but a combination of everyone pulling his own weight. For the Giants there was never a consistent star, every day someone else would come through in the clutch and get a big hit. They never had to rely on just one person to save the game or even the season. I liked how Baggarly was able to go beneath the surface of what you saw on TV and explain to us what the players were thinking and what the overall feeling in the clubhouse was on any given day. He also talked about other roles the players had in the championship. He explained who the ones were who kept everyone¿s nerves stable and who was the guy lifting the mood in the dugout. This is a double edged sword though, in going deeper into the lives of the players he detracted from the story and it was hard to figure out where in the season you were when he finished retelling the life of someone. If you call yourself a true Giants fan this is a must read to gain a deeper understanding of the players and the Giants organization as a whole. This is the first book by Andrew Baggarly but he has a blog that I hear is quite good. Overall this is a quality book that is a relatively quick read and if you have the option it would be a great investment in your time and money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2011

    Highly Recommended for all Giants fans!

    If you're a Giants fan, this is a must-read! I started this book just a couple of days ago, and I couldn't put it down! In just over 300 pages, Baggarly recounts the "torturous" season of the 2010 San Francisco Giants and how this group of cast-offs, oddballs and misfits came together, leading to their magical run toward its first World Series title since moving to the Bay Area. Expertly woven into the book are detailed stories and facts behind some of the team's biggest contributors, including Buster Posey, Juan Uribe, Aubrey Huff, Cody Ross, Tim Lincecum, and Bruce Bochy to name a few. In addition, this book details the closure and redemption this first title brings not only to those on the roster, but to those who formerly wore the orange and black. These are the players who came oh-so-close to the top of the mountain only to be turned away in heartbreaking fashion. Because I'm a huge Giants fan, I found myself immersed in the story from page 1. In fact, I got through this book so quickly, I'm actually a little sad the ride is already over. Pick this one up, Giants fans! This one is definitely for you! Go Giants!

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    The story of the castoffs that won it all

    This is the fourth book I read about the SF Giants championship season. I am glad it was written by the beat writer from the San Jose Mercury News (an excellent newspaper) Andrew Baggarly. I have not read his column nor his blogs. The book was well done. However, since I have watched both of my videos many times that covered the Giants season from spring training to the World Series win and the parade, I found A Band of Misfits a bit disjointed. I wish it did not start with trading Benji Molina in the first chapter. The second half of the book was in order: the end of the season, the playoffs, the World Series and the parade. I felt the passion that drove the Giants in 2010 is missing here. The pictures were average. I recommend A Band of Misfits to any Giants fan. However, I still liked Worth the Wait by Brian Murphy and Brad Mangin better.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    awsom

    best book ever

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    recaptures the season

    Baggs is a great writer. Really tells the ups and downs of the season

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    A must for any Giants fan!

    Being a regular reader of Andy Baggarly's daily blog EXTRA BAGGS, the first thing that I find so wonderful about his new book is that you get a whole 300+ pages of Bagg's at his best. Really - it's a fast, insightful and thoroughly engaging story about the personalities and events that led up to the Year That Was 2010 for the San Francisco Giants. And what a year!

    Having covered the Giants for the San Jose Mercury News for seven years, he does a fine job of bringing the clubs past San Francisco history into play as he ruminates and retells the 2010 season. He divides the book up into chapters which feature a different Giant in each, all the while moving the plot and season forward to Wilson's final out in Game 5 of the World Series and the accompanying joyous mayhem that was - and still is! - the Bay Area's celebration of the Giants win. It's a writing devise that works really well and makes it hard to put down.

    It's a moving read with unexpected humor and full of life. It's why we so enjoy the game and its' characters, and Baggs contributes to our love of the game - and our Giants - quite nicely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2011

    very good

    very good and filled with funny toucess

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