"With his nearly singular combination of competitive will and pitching guile, it seemed as if Jamie Moyer's big league career would never end. Now that it finally has, I have only one regret: There goes the last active player whose IPod playlist might be similar to my own."
Just Tell Me I Can't" has it all. It is loaded with grit and heart and soul. It is written with sweet smoothness and insight. It is also the best book I have ever read on the psychology of that complex and marvelous creature called the pro athlete."
Buzz Bissinger, author of Father's Day, Three Nights in August and Friday Night Lights"
Fascinating. Once the mind breaks out of its prison, anything, anything is possible: even a 49-year-old, throwing no harder than the kid who lives down your block, pitching in the bigs! Ahhh, but how the mind makes that escape and how it yearns to pass that secret on, that's a book in itself . . . the book laying in your lucky hands."
Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated"
Jamie was a great competitor and a guy who persevered despite being told 'you can't' time and again. That competitive spirit and belief in himself coupled with a tough stubbornness resulted in a remarkable career that we can all learn from."
Cal Ripken, Jr. "
Pitching isn't about who throws the hardest. It 's about who can keep the ball in front of the outfielders the best. Jamie Moyer spent a quarter century doing just that, and 'Just Tell Me I Can't' shows how someone who threw 80 miles per hour became the 34th winningest pitcher in baseball history."
Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Platt (Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson, 2002, etc.) tells the story of how Moyer turned a below-average career into the stuff of legend, becoming, at 49, the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win a game. Released from the Texas Rangers in 1990 at the age of 28, Moyer's career might well have been over. Instead, he went on to pitch for six more big-league clubs, win a World Series with his hometown Philadelphia Phillies and rise to No. 35 on the all-time wins list with 269. With a sub–90 mph fastball even in his prime, Moyer's success is a slap in the face to the number-crunching statisticians manning professional baseball's front offices. As the book's title suggests, much of that success is credited to his never-say-die attitude and determination to prove doubters and naysayers--of whom there are many--wrong. Equally as much, if not more, is attributed to his mastery of the mental game, learned through his relationship with baseball psychology guru Harvey Dorfman. Though the book is presented as a memoir by Moyer, it is narrated entirely by Platt, who was there to witness the pitcher's struggles as he attempted to come back yet again following a 2011 injury that should have ended his career. There's more than enough drama in Moyer's unique story to overcome the book's slightly confusing chronology, and the subject comes across as one of professional sports' all-too-rare truly good guys. But the real value here is in the portrait of the mind of an elite pitcher, revealing the inner structures of the game in a way that will deepen even a casual fan's understanding and enjoyment. A fascinating look at one man's improbable athletic journey, offering insight into one of sport's most cerebral positions.