Last night I finished up this Stephen King book and I really enjoyed it. Written in the late 1990s when Tom Gordon was the closer for the Red Sox, it’s about a girl named Trisha who gets lost in the woods away from her family. As she tries to find her way back, the only thing that keeps her calms is her Walkman and the radio signal she gets to Red Sox broadcasts. With Gordon as her favorite player, she hallucinates about Gordon being with her during her attempts to find her way back to safety.
I picked up this book not too long ago because the idea really intrigued me. Not only do I love baseball, but the fact that King would write incorporate some horror into baseball. King is known for both but this was the first that I knew of him combining both.
It wasn’t a very crazy story but as I read through it, I put myself in the shoes of the little girl (she’s nine in the book) and I could imagine that sometimes, the mind allows you to see things that aren’t there. And for Trisha, that’s what kept her going and motivated as the darkness of the woods overcomes her.
Reading about players from the old Red Sox lineup (Nomar Garciaparra, Troy O’Leary, Pedro Martinez) brought back memories of my childhood when I started getting into baseball. It definitely was a fun trip for me as well and it came through this fun book. I’m glad I picked it up. Now on to another book.
Full of history and quotes.
Last night I finished up this book on Joe Montana and Steve Young’s quarterback controversy. It was a good trip down memory lane, especially for me as I was a young kid when this storyline was at its zenith.
Here’s a little information on the book from Amazon.
In this revealing, in-depth look at the NFL’s greatest quarterback controversy, Adam Lazarus takes readers into the locker room and inside the huddle to deliver the real story behind the rivalry– when Joe Montana and Steve Young battled on and off the field and forged one of the finest football dynasties of all time. From 1987 to 1994, the two future Hall of Famers spurred each other on to remarkable heights, including three Super Bowl wins and four MVP awards, and set new standards for quarterback excellence.
The two men couldn’t have been more different in background, personality, and playing style, and their competition created as much tension as it did greatness, forcing Montana to prove that he was still the game’s best quarterback and Young to prove that he was a worthy successor.
Released in 2012, this book is pretty new and it was a great opportunity for me to catch up on one of the most important rivalries in NFL history. I use the word “rivalry” because it was a battle. Montana and Young’s competitive nature led to the constant battle between the two for playing time.
This book details both quarterbacks’ start in college all the way to the end of the rivalry at Montana’s retirement.
But was the book good? Did it provide me information I never knew about these two?
A great book for you to read.
Last week, the new Dream Team book by Jack McCallum was released and I immediately got my hands on it. In fact, I actually pre-ordered it weeks prior and didn’t receive it until a couple days after its release.
When I first opened it up, I was ready to dive into a world of memories that I never really had. And now one week later, I’m glad I was part of the ride.
You see, I was only six when the Dream Team became a reality. I didn’t know much about basketball but as the years went by, I understood the importance of this team. My first memory of this team was the puzzle poster that my mom helped me construct. I still have that poster in my room and it’s one of those things that I will never ever want to get rid of.
Part of my desire to read this book is because I am a sports historian so reading up on something like this is right up my alley. Basketball was my first love of sports and the fact that the Dream Team almost seem like a myth to me makes it so much more unique. And I am so glad this book recaptured all of that for me.