By John Smoltz, Don Yaeger
John Smoltz was once one of many maximum significant League pitchers of the past due 20th / early twenty-first century—one of in simple terms in baseball heritage ever to accomplish twenty wins and fifty saves in unmarried seasons—and now he stocks the candid, no-holds-barred tale of his existence, his profession, and the sport he loves in Starting and Closing.
A Cy younger Award-winner, destiny Baseball corridor of Famer, and presently a broadcaster for his former staff, the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz offers a strong memoir with the type of attention-grabbing perception into online game that made Moneyball a runaway bestseller, plus a heartfelt and actually inspiring religion and non secular conviction, just like what illuminates each one web page of Tim Tebow’s wreck hit memoir, Through My Eyes.
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9 If nice guys really do ﬁnish last, then survival necessitates cheating, or at least stealing pitching signs. ”11 Hey, nice guys ﬁnish last, right? Durocher as Machiavelli (Marlett) 41 This perpetual advantage-seeking surfaced early in Leo’s baseball career. When he broke in with the New York Yankees, he ignored the unspoken rules that rookies should be seen, not heard. Off the ﬁeld Leo overspent on clothes and the night life. On the ﬁeld he sparred verbally with everybody, teammates and opponents alike.
When it worked, Bobby Thomson hits the “shot heard round the world” and, three years later, the Giants sweep the Indians. When it did not work, or more accurately, when the nation’s zeitgeist passed Leo’s ethnic Catholic world by, the result was the ’69 Cubs. The “grace” here is not proclaimed, so Leo’s successes seem less conspicuously Christian — and his failures often spectacularly un–Christian — than Protestant major leaguers. Gaining an Edge Durocher enjoyed a lengthy career in baseball.
Durocher ranks third, trailing only Bobby Cox and John McGraw, for being thrown out of games. Others revile Leo for his bungling of the 1969 Cubs. And then, of course, there’s Leo’s personal life. He married four times, and all four unions ended in divorce. The last two made the biggest splashes. His 1947 wedding with actress Laraine Day ignited spectacular, nation-wide headlines. Day had divorced her 40 PART I. CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE GAME ﬁrst husband in Mexico only a day before wedding Durocher in El Paso, Texas.