Lately, I have acquired a great many books that focus on baseball. Most of them fall into one of two categories: biographies or Red Sox history. A select few are about the history of baseball in general and don’t focus on one specific team. As I slowly chip away at the immense reading list I have created for myself, I want to share a few thoughts about the books, not a literary review, but more along the lines of what I like and/or didn’t like about each work.
I recently finished what I thought to be a biography about Jason Kendall. To those familiar with this blog, it comes as no surprise that I would be reading such a book.
Throwback by Jason Kendall and Lee Judge
I, however, was in for a big surprise once I began reading this text. My wife got it for me as a stocking stuffer (as per my Christmas list), and I was excited to read it. I soon discovered that it wasn’t what I thought it would be. Instead of focusing on Jason Kendall’s life in baseball, it reads as Kendall’s instructions about how to play baseball, from his perspective.
The number of personal stories within this book can be counted on one hand. The majority of it is Kendall’s instructions and explanations about how complex the game really can be. It is not that I disagree with anything he says ( I am an English professor, not a major league baseball player). I just found it disappointing that Kendall continually ignored his own experiences, while giving so much commentary on the “how to.”
I am currently working on scanning some amazing cards from several bloggers, so stay tuned!