Former MLB All-Star and Gold Glove winner Andy Van Slyke, now the first-base coach of the Detroit Tigers, takes you into the dugout, the clubhouse, and onto the field throughout the 2008 season to give you a rare inside look at the most highly anticipated season in the Tigers' storied 108-year history-day by day, game by game, as it actually unfolded. The book combines Van Slyke's insightful, introspective, sometimes humorous diary from the dugout and the playing field with veteran baseball writer Jim Hawkins' view from the press box in real time as the games actually occurred. Each entry is made without the benefit of hindsight, not knowing what the next game or the next day would bring. Stand beside Van Slyke in the first-base coach's box and sit beside him in the dugout to feel the emotions rise and fall with each win and each loss, as the Detroit Tigers, preseason favorites to win the 2008 American League pennant with their franchise-record $139 million payroll, deal with the daily grind of the 162-game season.
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About the Author
Andy Van Slyke is the Detroit Tigers' first base, outfield and base running coach. During his playing days, primarily with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, Andy, a first-round draft pick in 1979, was a three-time All-Star and winner of five Gold Gloves for defensive excellence and two Silver Slugger Awards as the top offensive outfielder in the National League. He twice finished fourth in National League MVP balloting. Jim Hawkins is the baseball writer and columnist for the Oakland (Mich.) Press. He began covering the Tigers as a 25-year-old rookie reporter in 1970. He returned to the beat in 2006 when the team's games suddenly became meaningful again. This is his sixth book, his fourth on the Tigers, including biographies of former Tiger stars Mark Fidrych (Go, Bird, Go) and Ron LeFlore (Breakout) and The Detroit Tigers Encyclopedia.