| 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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