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The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeterby Ian Oconnor
Synopses & Reviews
New York Timesand#160;bestseller
andldquo;Pedroand#160;the book is as smart, as funny, and as diva-esque as Pedro the pitcher . . . Buy the book. Read the book. Celebrate a golden era in Boston baseball.andrdquo; andmdash;and#160;Boston Globe
andldquo;Boston fans, who know Martinez helped turn around their franchise, will certainly buy this book . . . So, too, should any true fan of the game.andrdquo; andmdash;and#160;Los Angeles Times
A bold, no-holds-barred memoir from one of the most dominant and dynamic pitchers to ever play the game
Before Pedro Martinez was the eight-time All Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and World Series champion, before stadiums full of fans chanted his name, he was just a little kid from the Dominican Republic who sat under a mango tree and dreamed of playing pro ball. Now in Pedro, the charismatic and always colorful pitcher opens up for the first time to tell his remarkable story.
Martinez entered the big leagues a scrawny power pitcher with a lightning arm who they said wasnandrsquo;t andldquo;durableandrdquo; enough, who they said was a punk. But what they underestimated about Pedro Martinez was the intensity of the fire inside. Like no one before or since, Martinez willed himself to become one of the most intimidating pitchers to have ever played the game.
In Pedro we relive it all in Technicolor brightness, from his hardscrabble days in the minor leagues clawing for respect; to his early days in lonely Montreal, where he first struggled with the reputation of being a headhunter; to his legendary run with the Red Sox when start after start he dazzled with his pitching genius; to his twilight years on the mound as he put the finishing touches on a body of work that made him an icon.
Bold, outspoken, intimate in its details, and grand in ego and ambition, this new memoir by one of baseballandrsquo;s most enigmatic figures will entertain and inspire generations of fans to come.
This unparalleled close-up is the definitive book of baseball's most iconic player, Derek Jeter. The shortstop-next-door, the King of the City, the last clean champion of the game, learn what has made Jeter the face--and the hero--of the last Yankee dynasty, those teams that won four World Series championships in five years.
Surprisingly, one of sports most contentious, complex, and defining clashes played out not in the boxing ring or at the line of scrimmage but on the genteel green fairways of the worlds finest golf courses. Arnie and Jack. Palmer and Nicklaus. Their fifty-year duel, in both the clubhouse and the boardroom, propelled each to the status of American icon and pushed modern golf to the heights and popularity it enjoys today.
Arnie was the cowboy, with rugged good looks, Popeye-like forearms, a flailing swing, and charm enough to win fans worldwide. Jack was scientific, precise, conservative, aloof, even fat and awkward. Ultimately, Nicklaus got the better of Palmer on the course, beating him in major victories 18-7. But Palmer bested Nicklaus almost everywhere else, especially in the hearts of the public and in endorsement dollars. By the end of this page-turning narrative, we see that each man wanted what the other had: Arnold wanted the trophies. Jack wanted the love.
In the tradition of John Feinstein and Mark Frost, Ian OConnor has written a compelling account of one of the greatest rivalries in sports history.
From the eight-time All-Star and three-time Cy Young Awardandndash;winning pitcher, a bold, no-holds-barred memoir of his career, from his hardscrabble upbringing in the Dominican Republic to becoming one of the greatest pitchers of all time
and#8220;Derek Jeter is undoubtedly the most talked about, argued about, cheered, booed and ultimately respected baseball player of his generation. And as public a figure as he has been, he is in many ways the least known. That changes now as Ian Oand#8217;Connor, one of the best sports writers anywhere, goes deep and does what no one has quite been able to do: Tell us a bit about who Derek Jeter really is.and#8221;and#8212;Joe Posnanski, author of The Machine
and#8220;Deftly told.and#8221;and#8212;Washington Post
In The Captain, Ian Oand#8217;Connor draws on unique access to Derek Jeter and more than 200 new interviews to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New Yorkand#8217;s most beloved sports figure and the face of the steroid-free athlete. Oand#8217;Connor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life, from Jeterand#8217;s early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors threatened a stillborn career, to the heady days of Yankee superiority and nightlife, to the battles with former best friend A-Rod. All along the way, Jeter has made his Hall-of-Fame destiny look easy. But behind that leadership and heroand#8217;s grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now.
Derek Jeter walks in the footsteps of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle, and became the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits. Yet he has never been the best player in baseball. In fact, he hasnt always been the best player on his team. But what he does have is an intangible grace that makes him the face—and the hero—of the modern Yankee dynasty, and of Americas game.
In The Captain, Ian OConnor draws on unique access to Jeter and more than 200 new interviews to reveal how a biracial kid from Michigan became New Yorks most beloved sports figure and the face of the steroid-free athlete. OConnor takes us behind the scenes of a legendary baseball life and career, from Jeters early struggles in the minor leagues, when homesickness and errors threatened a stillborn career, to the heady days of Yankee superiority and nightlife, to the battles with former best friend A-Rod. All along the way, Jeter has made his Hall of Fame destiny look easy. But behind that leadership and heros grace there are hidden struggles and complexities that have never been explored, until now.
About the Author
IAN O'CONNOR is a nationally recognized sports columnist who has won numerous Associated Press awards. Currently he writes for ESPNNewYork.com and hosts a radio show for ESPN. He is the author of Arnie and Jack, a New York Times bestseller, and The Jump.
Table of Contents
1. The Kalamazoo Kid 1
2. The Draft 21
3. E-6 47
4. Rookie of the Year 73
5. Champion 97
6. Perfection 124
7. Dynasty 147
8. The Flip 178
9. New Guys 209
10. Alex 244
11. The Great Divide 273
12. Moment of Truth 299
13. Rebirth 331
A Note on the Authorandrsquo;s Interviews and Sources 382
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