|| Bat Boy
My True Life Adventures Coming Of Age with the New York Yankees
OF THE FRESHEST,
FUNNIEST, MOST CHARMING MEMOIRS TO COME ALONG IN YEARS
STORY ABOUT GROWING UP BOTH CLEAR-EYED AND WIDE-EYED
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 Yankees clubhouse on Opening Day. And there
was Don Mattingly, Donnie Baseball himself, asking him to run an
errand, an errand that 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.
Read an excerpt from "Bat Boy"
Hear the story
of Matt's first day of work at Yankee Stadium (recorded live in
NYC for The Moth, www.themoth.org,
12 minute mp3 file)
See a copy of Matt's initial
job application letter to the Yankees
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