Long-time fans of the National Pastime have known Moyer's name for more than 25 years. That's because he's been pitching in the bigs for all those years.
With his trademark three pitches - slow, slower, and slowest - the left-handed Moyer is a pinpoint specialist whose won-lost record actually got better as he got older from his 20s to his 30s and into 40s. He's only a few wins shy of 300 for his amazing career.
But this is where the book takes an unusual turn. Moyer was just about finished as a big leaguer in his mid-20s until he fatefully encountered a gravel-voiced, highly confrontational sports psychologist named Harvey Dorfman. Listening to the "in-your-face" insights of Dorfman, Moyer began to re-invent himself and reconstruct his approach to his game. Moyer went on to become an All-Star and also a World Series champion.
Yogi Berra once observed that "Half of this game is 90% mental." And Moyer's memoir proves it.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Jamie Moyer turned 50 this past fall, and by all accounts, he has now finished his big league career.. He started pitching in the majors in 1986.
Larry Platt served for years as the editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, and has written for the NY Times Magazine, GQ, New York, Men's Journal and many others.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Even if you're not a baseball fan, but most especially if you are, you will appreciate Jamie Moyer's tenacity when it comes to perfecting his craft and searching for the mental toughness needed to succeed in the game of baseball and the game of life. I thoroughly enjoyed all the wisdom that he shared even in the face of constant adversity. His "old school" attitude is what's missing in today's superstar athletes. There's no "I" in team...
Informative, insightful and inspiring! Moyer provides an informative retrospective on memorable teams (Mariners & Phillies) from the mid 1990s - late 2000s, insights into the art of pitching plus living an inspired life through helping others. His approach to his craft reminds the reader that patience, persistence and hard work are the foundation of success. Moyer's charitable outreach to children facing grave illness is very touching and heartwarming. Finally, his valedictory pitching feats in the minor leagues is a stirring tribute to the timeless attraction of baseball to all generations.
I'm not a sports fan, but I enjoy stories of the determined soul who pursues their dream, even if it is playing ball. This is an enjoyable tale with a likeable star, though the book jumps around and is really spare on baseball stories - especially when you consider Jamie Moyer had a 25 year career in the game. I heard Moyer on the radio, so I'm at a loss to understand the disconnect between the great story he tells, and the way it comes across in the book.