A legendary college-baseball coach shares his thoughts on the game and how it can be used to improve one's life.
A self-described no-nonsense coach, Garrido has led his players to more NCAA victories than any other coach in the college dugout. His debut, the title of which is refreshingly direct and to-the-point in the delivery of the author's philosophy, is as much a biography of the author's life as a self-help manual. The author writes early on that he will refrain from using a baseball game as a metaphor for life, but he proceeds to do so in each chapter. While the author has decades of experience turning his young charges "into men," his attempt to cram years of leadership and mentoring within the pages of a book isn't as winning as his record. Garrido has a distinct voice, but he's a novice when it comes to structuring and framing a story. He reiterates material incessantly, his inability to stay on topic is often frustrating and the narrative is extremely male-oriented. Regardless, Garrido's book is an easy read that may attract non-veteran readers of nonfiction.
A stale rendition of a self-help trope that may appeal to college-baseball fans.