Popular Atlanta Braves catcher Javier “Javy” Lopez opens up in this autobiography to tell his amazing story, from learning to play baseball on a neighborhood basketball court to his record of 42 home runs in a season by a catcher. The product of a lower-middle-class background in Puerto Rico, Javy had to overcome numerous hardshipsnot the least of which was a language barrierto fulfill his destiny as one of the most accomplished catchers of the modern era. He tells of bumps along the way to success, including why he overstated his signing bonus as well as the time in the minors when he cried during an all-night meltdown due to his struggles on the field. But he went on to be named MVP of the 1996 National League Championship Series, and played on 12 of the Atlanta Braves’ unprecedented 14 straight division-winning teams of the 1990s and 2000s. From his relationship with great teammates such as Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, to his failed comeback attempt with the Braves in 2008, this autobiography tells all about the handsome, warm, engaging Lopez and how he became one of baseball’s most popular players.
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About the Author
Javy Lopez is a three-time All-Star and the catcher for the Atlanta Braves powerhouse teams of the 1990s, including the squad that won the 1995 World Series. He lives in Suwanee, Georgia. Gary Caruso is a sports journalist, Braves historian, and author of The Braves Encyclopedia and Turner Field: Rarest of Diamonds. He lives in Vista, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I started following the Braves at the end of the 90's and Javy quickly became my favorite player to watch. When the Braves did not resign him I followed his career to the Orioles. It was really interesting to get to read what was going on behind the scenes and hear what Javy's feelings were about this time. I enjoyed reading funny stories about some of his teammates and hearing his thoughts about several of the Braves' pitchers in the 90's. Javy's love of baseball and his fans stands out throughout this book. The writing is very simple & it sounds as if Javy just sat down with you & started recalling significant memories from his life. I really, really enjoyed learning more about Javy and I would definitely recommend this book!
This book was very interesting . I learned a lots of things I didn't know. I read the whole book in less than two days. I loves the Braves so that is why I bought it. Plus I remembered when Javy played for the braves. I have been a Braves for a long time. I recommend this book highly I enjoyed it. I believe you will enjoy it to.