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  Advance Praise for "Bat Boy"

"So Holden Caulfield writes a letter and gets a job as the New York Yankees' batboy... This book is wonderful. Matthew McGough obviously kept very good notes during his two teen-aged years with the Bronx Bombers, then had the good sense to save them for a decade until he knew what they meant. The result should eventually find its way to that very short shelf of enduring sports non-fiction, perhaps somewhere between Jim Bouton's 'Ball Four' and H.G. Bissinger's 'Friday Night Lights.' If it doesn't, the librarian is fast asleep."

- Leigh Montville, author of Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

"Matthew McGough's memoir of his teenage days in the Bronx is a winning, inside look at clubhouse life. Wry and nostalgic, BAT BOY takes readers back to a time before steroid scandals and 200 million-dollar payrolls when the Mattingly-led Yankees were still lovable losers. Where have you gone Danny Tartabull?"

- Stewart O'Nan, co-author of Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season

"Bat Boy is a funny, poignant look at a boy's dream job inside major league baseball. A great read for both fans and those who are novices to the game."

- Kevin Baker, author of Paradise Alley: A Novel

"BAT BOY is a remarkable memoir of a boy among men playing a boy's game. At turns wistful and hilarious, the book lyrically captures the complexities not of dreams broken, but of dreams fulfilled."

- Gay Talese

"Bat Boy is a terrific memoir, combining an endearing coming-of-age story with a unique window on the inner world of baseball. It is warm, witty, shrewd, and entertaining from start to finish."

- Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian and author of Wait 'Till Next Year: A Memoir

"Matthew McGough's BAT BOY is such a superhuman achievement I find it hard to believe he did not write it on steroids."

- Andy Borowitz, author of The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers

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