Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball's First Family

Home Game Big League Stories from My Life in Baseball s First Family From the first third generation baseball player in Major League Baseball history a sometimes moving always candid look at his family s years in the world of professional baseball A five foot ten

  • Title: Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball's First Family
  • Author: Bret Boone Kevin Cook
  • ISBN: 9781101904909
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the first third generation baseball player in Major League Baseball history, a sometimes moving, always candid look at his family s 70 years in the world of professional baseball.A five foot ten firecracker who was spurned by scouts for his small size, supposed lack of power, and temper tantrums one scout called him a helmet throwing terror , Bret Boone didn t careFrom the first third generation baseball player in Major League Baseball history, a sometimes moving, always candid look at his family s 70 years in the world of professional baseball.A five foot ten firecracker who was spurned by scouts for his small size, supposed lack of power, and temper tantrums one scout called him a helmet throwing terror , Bret Boone didn t care about family legacy as fought his way into the Major Leagues in 1992 he wanted to make his own way He did just that, building a 14 year career that included three all star appearances, four Gold Gloves, a bout with alcoholism, and the ignominy of being traded for the infamous player to be named later Now that he s coaching minor leaguers half his age, and his 15 year old son has the potential to be a fourth generation major leaguer, Bret is ready to reflect on and tell the story of baseball from the perspective of his family s 70 year history in the sports Combining the brashness and candor of Ball Four with a dollop of Big Russ and Me sentiment, this book will trace the evolution of the game on the field and behind the scenes from Ray Boone s era in the 1950s to Bob Boone s in the 70s and 80s to Bret and Aaron s era in the 90s and 2000s, when players made millions, dined on lobster in the clubhouse, injected themselves with PEDs, and had their choice of Annies female clingers on, or as today s players call them, road beef Along the way, the book will touch on pieces of Boone family lore, including Bret hitting zero dingers in a home run derby and Aaron s home run if you don t know what this is referring to, then consult the nearest Red Sox fan Blending nostalgia, behind the scenes profanity, close analysis of the game that only players can offer, and insight into baseball s ongoing evolution as a sport and a business, Bret Boone will offer a one of a kind look at America s favorite pastime from a family who has seen it all.

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    1. Bret Boone made history when he was called up to the Major Leagues by the Seattle Mariners in the 1992 season. His grandfather Ray Boone and his father Bob Boone also played in the Major Leagues, so his call-up made the Boones the first family to have three generations of players in the Major Leagues. Bret shares his stories of his trip through the major leagues, some family memories and his life after playing baseball in this memoir.It reads much like a typical sports memoir with early childhoo [...]

    2. This is the inside story of a life lived in baseball. from the self-admitted hotheaded, third generation Major League Baseball player, Bret Boone. He talks about his grandfather, Ray Boone, his father Bob (I have a few of his old baseball cards!) his brother Aaron, and his 15 year old son, Jacob, and all of their relationships with baseball.Most of the book consists of Bret's words running right at you, without subtlety, much the same as how he played the game. He has very strong opinions, which [...]

    3. It was pretty interesting. I was a huge fan of Bret Boone when I was younger so I liked reading this. It brought back some good memories such as getting a foul ball from him when I was a kid.

    4. Not a terrible read. What I found difficult is that I couldn't relate to his story. He comes across as the product of someone who has lived with a generous amount of privilege. If you're a fan of the Boone legacy you'll find this to be a good read.

    5. Good book, especially to finish reading on Father's Day. Even though I won it in a giveaway it was an enjoyable read that (obviously) didn't take long to get through. It is told in a conversational tone without a great deal of the kind of content that makes for reading twice to understand and takes longer to wade through. Plenty of stories about the many baseball greats, including my favorite, Pete Rose (whose son Petey and Bret were good friends from Pete's and Bob's days on the Phillies). As [...]

    6. a good baseball biography. Many about Bret but some about his dad, grandfather and brother who all played in the majors. I would have enjoyed more about the others but it is mainly Bret's story. He writes like he played, in your face and I am right. There is some interesting ideas about major leagues baseball and the climb to succeed but I expected more.a quick easy read. for a sports biography, very few errors in facts but maybe that is because Bret knows what he is discussing.

    7. Bret Boone makes a lot of promises in the early chapters of HOME GAME, and he doesn’t fulfill many of them. Boone says that the book will focus on “inside baseball,” the game within the game, and provide the reader with unexpected insights about the national pastime. But it’s also billed as a book of stories, and there are a lot more stories than anything else. Read the full review at Bookreporter - bookreporter/reviews/h

    8. One of the better baseball auto-bio's I've read in a long time.Three Generations of Boones played Major League baseball and the 3rd Generation had two of them. All decent players with good skills and baseball smarts. While this is Bret's story, he does share the pages with his brother, dad and grandfather. It is hard to talk more without giving spoilers, but if you like baseball, this is the book to read.

    9. Bret Boone is not that likeable, but I found his book to be a quick, easy, informative and pleasurable read. It was interesting learning about the Boone baseball family, but I thought the scarcity of passages about this wife and mother, and how professional baseball affected them was unfortunate.

    10. Great read! As one who grew up in the '70's watching the Phillies play, I enjoyed this inside look at those Phillies through the eyes of Bret, a boy tagging along with his dad Bob. And, as one who saw Bret play throughout his career, I enjoyed his behind the scenes look at the quest to reach the big leagues and stay there. Any baseball fan will enjoy this.

    11. Pretty standard sports "auto"biography. Nothing too interesting here. Bret Boone is a bit of a strange character, and this book just solidifed that. Still fun to get a brief, surface-level look inside the Mariner's best season of all time.

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