• Living on the Black

    Posted by on May 1st, 2008 · Comments (4)

    Coming home from the gym this afternoon, around 4:30 pm, I caught a little of John Feinstein on the Michael Kay Show (via ESPN Radio in NYC) – and he was talking about his new book: “Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember.” Here’s a description of the book from Amazon.com:

    Pitchers are the heart of baseball, and John Feinstein tells the story of the game today through one season and two great pitchers working in the crucible of the New York media market. Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina have seen it all in the Major Leagues and both entered 2007 in search of individual milestones and one more shot at The World Series-Glavine with the Mets, Mussina five miles away with the Yankees. The two veterans experience very different seasons–one on a team dealing with the pressure to get to a World Series for the first time in seven years, the other with a team expected to be there every year. Taking the reader through contract negotiations, spring training, the ups of wins and losses, and the people in their lives-family, managers, pitching coaches, agents, catchers, other pitchers–John Feinstein provides a true insider’s look at the pressure cooker of sports at the highest level.

    Now, I have not read this book. But, from listening to Feinstein talk to Kay about it, it sounds very interesting. It certainly sounded like a book that I would be interested in reading. Therefore, I thought I would share some info on it for those who knew nothing about it.

    Comments on Living on the Black

    1. May 1st, 2008 | 11:39 pm

      At the risk of self-promotion, I read it and reviewed it for Pinstripe Alley. I did not enjoy it; I thought he got too caught up in the chronology of the season, and he missed a chance to show us how two great pitchers think.

      Still, I’d love to hear from some people who liked it.

    2. May 2nd, 2008 | 12:05 pm

      Interesting, from the interview, it sounded like we’d get more insight than that. Thanks for the heads-up.

    3. June 22nd, 2008 | 7:57 am

      [...] in the process of reading “Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember.” And, I have to confess, I’m starting to see a side of Mussina that I can [...]

    4. July 22nd, 2008 | 11:05 am

      [...] just read yesterday, in “Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember,” that last year, 27 games into the season, Pettitte called a “Pitchers Only” meeting [...]

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