Clubhouse Confidential: A Yankee Bat Boy's Insider Tale of Wild Nights, Gambling, and Good Times with Modern Baseball's Greatest Team

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Filled with never-before-told anecdotes, Clubhouse Confidential offers a long-awaited inside look at baseball's biggest stars—from Jeter to Steinbrenner

 

Arguably the most famous bat boy in Yankees history, Luis "Squeegee" Castillo worked with the team during their glory years from 1998–2005, including their epic championship battles with the Boston Red Sox. He traveled on the road with them, went to spring training with them, and even ...

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Overview

Filled with never-before-told anecdotes, Clubhouse Confidential offers a long-awaited inside look at baseball's biggest stars—from Jeter to Steinbrenner

 

Arguably the most famous bat boy in Yankees history, Luis "Squeegee" Castillo worked with the team during their glory years from 1998–2005, including their epic championship battles with the Boston Red Sox. He traveled on the road with them, went to spring training with them, and even vacationed with them. He partied with players and worked with Joe Torre, Brian Cashman, Mel Stottlemyre, and George Steinbrenner. He was there for David Wells’s perfect game in 1998, and he helped David Cone warm up for his 1999 perfect game.

Now, readers will get a look inside the locker room doors as Castillo takes them places few fans get to see and reveals stories only a true clubhouse insider (and the last Yankee batboy not required to sign a confidentiality agreement!) could tell.

  • How Joe Torre checked on racing results during games
  • How the A-Rod/Jeter relationship turned into a feud
  • The time George Steinbrenner thought the Mets had bugged the Yankee locker room
  • Why Roger Clemens threw a bat at Mike Piazza
  • Jeter's strategy with the ladies 
  • And much more
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250017482
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 675,575
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

LUIS CASTILLO worked with the New York Yankees, becoming the team's most experienced and savvy bat boy and clubhouse attendant. Nicknamed “Squeegee” by Derek Jeter, his name was chanted by fans when he stepped onto the field. He still lives in the Bronx, New York.

WILLIAM CANE is the author of Write Like the Masters. He has had a distinguished career as a professor of English at the City University of New York and Boston College, where he taught writing. His international best seller The Art of Kissing sold more than 150,000 copies in the U.S. and was translated into nineteen languages.

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Table of Contents

1 Clash of the Titans Roger Clemens 1

2 Welcome to the Clubhouse How I Became a Bat Boy 18

3 Help! Andy Pettitte 27

4 Mr. Charisma Derek Jeter 42

5 Look at M?, Will Ya? Alex Rodriguez 54

6 What the Hell's Everybody So Worked Up About? David Wells 73

7 Impure Perfection David Cone 85

8 I Ain't Smilin'… Just Take the Freakin' Picture! Joe Torre 103

9 The Absent-Minded Professor Bernie Williams 122

10 Who Says I'm Upset? Jorge Posada 134

11 The Stuntman of Yankee Stadium Paul O'neill 150

12 The Man Who Walked Through Walls Ramiro Mendoza 159

13 King of the Dancing Horses Ruben Sierra 170

14 The Biggest Error in Baseball History Chuck Knoblauch 184

15 The American Dream Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez 198

16 The Secret Life of a Designated Hitter Hideki Matsui 211

17 The Monster in Pinstripes Alfonso Soriano 220

18 The Man in the Iron Mask Joe Girardi 233

19 The New Ruthless Ruth Jason Giambi 244

20 Red Alert! George Steinbrenner 258

21 In the Blink of an Eye Mariano Rivera 275

Epilogue 287

Acknowledgments 289

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Awesome stories, beyond terrible writing.

    I received Clubhouse Confidential in the mail yesterday and breezed through its 286 pages in a few hours. That's a testament to how interesting the stories are as well as how juvenile the writing is.

    The most important aspect of this book, and the reason that anybody is reading it, is the chance to peek into the Yankees clubhouse of the late 90's and early 2000's. To this end, "Squeegee" (as the author was dubbed) succeeds. As not only a bat boy, but a close friend to many of the players, he provides entertaining stories and fascinating insights that any Yankee fan will eat up.

    As entertaining as the book is, it must be the most poorly written thing I have ever seen on a published page. Not only is the style of the writing read like a 6th grader's "What I Did on My Summer Vacation" essay, but there are more grammatical errors than I could count. It felt like I received the first draft before the co-author had a chance to even look at it. I can't believe a professional writer (William Cane) would put his name on such poor prose.

    Finally, there are many, many factual inaccuracies throughout the book. Incorrect dates and statistics pepper the pages from beginning to end. Apparently nobody bothered to fact check the book in any capacity.

    Despite the book's many shortcomings, it was a fascinating, heart-warming read that I would recommend to any Yankee fan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    lets get something straight about the author,

    first of all, the book is a great book because it lets you know what goes on in the lives of proffessional athletes and gives you a perspective of how regular these people are even if you are famouse. the next thing i would like to say is it saddens me to think of the author as he's just doing this for money. i actually grew up with luis aka luigi and played in little league together in the bronx and he's a beautiful person. he is not one to do things to hurt people and this book came from his heart on what he's seen and heard throughout the years in that locker room. for real baseball fans and yankee fans, its a must read book.

    Ruben ocasio

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    An article, not a book

    This is one of the most poorly written books I've read in a long time. While I am a diehard Yankee fan and appreciate an inside look at the life of the team, there was not much meaningful insider stuff provided here. I read a synopsis of the book prior to buying it - that was the motivation to make the purchase - and the 10-page article pretty much summarized everything of real interest that was in the 200+-page book. This was very disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I actually love the book! Started reading it and I couldn't put it down. Very informative, great job!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    You've got to read this book

    It feels like you're really in the clubhouse reading this book. It's amazing how many stories Luis Castillo has about the bold faced names in the Yankee clubhouse. This is a juicy, gossipy book filled with great stories that take some of the over inflated egos of this ball club and bring these guys back down earth. He never gets mean but there are plenty of Yankees who are probably sweating it out right now knowing that this book chronicles their exploits, hidden dealings and indiscretions.

    I couldn't put this down. Hope he has another one in the works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

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    I am a baseball fan and enjoy reading about the players and funny situation they get into. This book reads like the author is protecting himself from the players scorn. For me the book has a lot of interesting stories about the Yankees with facts about the players,but for me the author was unable to create entertaining and humorous situations he wittnessed and experienced. At the end of each story I expested a closing with facts and or humor in the locker room.

    I liked the description of the players personality an charcacter. The book was slow to read. It was easy to put down and read something else and come back to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Awesome

    This is the best book i ever read even thought i am a dieheart mets fan i still think that this was an awesome book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Fun read

    I enjoyed it! People have to remember he is writing about happy childhood memories you can't read it like your reading joe torre

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    Hard to put down!!! Simply Great...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Not worth getting unless free

    Didn't really like this book. Wish I'd waited until the price was lower. Most info was old news.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Really Enjoyed It

    This has a lot of great "stuff" in it for baseball fans in general and Yankee fans in particular. Not especially well written but who cares. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    You've Got to be Kidding

    Thankfully the New York Post ran an excerpt in today's paper.....this garbage is sleazy to say the least. On the one hand there's nothing shocking, but the way this kid presents things it feels like a peep show or perhaps like a creep who drills holes in walls to video the unsuspecting. Its one thing for players or managers to write books after successful seasons or careers - this guy is trying to cash in on being a BAT BOY. A BAT BOY - someone who should have the sense to keep what goes on confidential. He basically has betrayed those folks who CARRIED him financially for years. Don't waste your time or money here.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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