Put Him In, Coach!

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Four-year-old Sam Payne can knock the baseball out of the park. That "the park" is only the back yard of his suburban home makes little difference to his mother, Martha Payne, who understands baseball a lot better than she understands parenting. She yearns to make her son a star on the Little League field, where promising young players are rewarded with a spot on the All-Star team.

Fueled by endless ambition but only a pinch of maternal instinct, Payne helps her son navigate ...

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Four-year-old Sam Payne can knock the baseball out of the park. That "the park" is only the back yard of his suburban home makes little difference to his mother, Martha Payne, who understands baseball a lot better than she understands parenting. She yearns to make her son a star on the Little League field, where promising young players are rewarded with a spot on the All-Star team.

Fueled by endless ambition but only a pinch of maternal instinct, Payne helps her son navigate through the thrilling but often heartless world of Little League baseball. While revealing a host of parental neuroses and coaching excesses, Put Him In, Coach! delves into the inscrutable bond between mother and son-a bond sometimes forged in unlikely places.

As Sam progresses from tee-ball through years of strikeouts and wild pitches and up to the brink of adolescence, he and his mother discover as much about each other as they do about the perils of the game. Most importantly, Payne learns that in raising a son, sometimes less is more-even if your kid does have a shot at becoming the next Babe Ruth.

Put Him In, Coach! A Mother's All-Star Memoir, is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honor excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The Awards esteemed panel of judges includes education and media experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, and scientists, including Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, creator of Baby Einstein and the Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books, and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. Martha Payne's memoir has been honored with this distinguished award.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595681846
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/22/2007
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Put Him in, Coach!: A Mother's All-Star Memoir is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    A Fine Read

    Martha Payne's Put Him In Coach is a fine read. Though a memoir, it has the pacing and dramatic tension of a novel. The reader feels the mother¿s pain every time son Sam strikes out, pops up, or, especially, gets bombed off the mound. With every incident where Sam fails to meet his mother¿s expectations, we rise and fall with him. We feel Martha Payne¿s maternal pain. Throughout the memoir she seems bent on painting herself as a bit of the bad mother because she so much to be the mother of an All-Star. Readers, I think, will applaud her tireless efforts to support her son and his teammates, and will probably overlook, or forgive, the couple of times when her zeal pushes her too far, and perhaps she is guilty of wanting her son to succeed to fulfill her wishes more than his. But to be fair, wanting one¿s son to succeed, even if it brings a mother or a father a large measure of pride, can hardly be looked at ad a grievous fault. We want our kids to be heroes. This book¿s not just for baseball moms, but for all of us out here trying to do the right thing for our kids, and maybe ourselves. Besides the fun of the reading this tale, there are lessons to be learned from Martha Payne¿s book. One can¿t ask for more.

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