Bat Boy

My True Life Adventures Coming of Age with the New York Yankees
Author(s): Matthew McGough
Original Publish Date: Jan 08, 2008
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.17 hours)
Product Number: Z100012164
Released: Jan 08, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415953020
Narrator/s: Jason Harris
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Sixteen-year-old Matthew McGough was a fairly typical teenager, obsessed with getting through high school, girls, and baseball, not necessarily in that order. His passion for the New York Yankees was absolute, complete with a poster of his hero, Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly, hanging on his bedroom wall. Despite having no connections whatsoever with the ballclub, Matt dreamed of sitting in the dugout with the fabled Bronx Bombers. So, in the Fall of 1991, he wrote a letter in his very best penmanship to the New York Yankees asking for a position as a bat boy. Miraculously, he got the job, and on April 7, 1992, Matt walked into the madness of the Yankee clubhouse on Opening Day. And there was Don Mattingly, Donnie Baseball himself, asking him to run an errand, an errand which soon induced panic in the rookie bat boy. Thus began two years of adventures and misadventures—from the perils of chewing tobacco while playing catch with the centerfielder, to being set up on a date by the bullpen, to studying for a history exam at 3:00 a.m. at Yankee Stadium, to his own folly as Matt gradually forgets he's not a baseball star, he's a high school student. BAT BOY captures the lure and beauty of the American pastime, but much more it is a tale of what happens to a young man when his fondest dream comes true. Matthew McGough wonderfully evokes that twilight time just before adulthood, ripe with possibility, foolishness, and hard-won knowledge.

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Author(s): Matthew McGough
Product Number EB00148857
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385515825

Professional reviews

"McGough's story of life in a supporting role in a major league clubhouse avoids being merely an homage to his baseball heroes. Rather, it is surprisingly entertaining and filled with interesting stories. Jason Harris also gives a fine performance. Harris understands the awe that kids feel toward professional athletes, and his reading brings that exuberance to the fore. Harris deftly conveys McGough's thrills and disappointments as he discovers that some of his heroes deserve adulation, while others are cads. In short, the publisher made a wise choice of audio narrator, and Harris's listeners will be glad of it. D.J.S. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"