Reviews and previews of books about baseball or with baseball as a central point
Saturday, January 30, 2010
33 and a Champion
The 33 Year Old Rookie, How I Finally Made it to the Big Leagues After 11 years in the minors by Chris Coste; Foreword by John Kruk; 2008; 199 pages; Ballantine Books, New York, NY; 6/25/09-6/27/09 Chris Coste (pronounced Coast) finally caught his dream. That was to make it to the major leagues, he chronicles the journey that led him to be a World Series Champion in 2008. Any book that chronicles the brave knights journey to achieve or find requires a few things, a sidekick, a villian, a cast of supporting characters of all shapes and sizes. Coste had all of those things as he made his way to the greatest show on dirt. His Mom, Wife and Daughter fill the roles of Queen Mother, Queen and Princess as he strives towards his Holy Grail. He journeys through a country of Junior Colleges, Independent Leagues, Minor League Affiliates of several teams. His junior college coach, Smith, fills the role of villian who attempts to convince the knight that he is not worthy to wear the armor. His fellow knights are the ballplayers that he meets during his journey constantly encouraging him. The Wizards Simmy and Charlie Manuel guide him towards the Grail and then enable him to become a member of the round table. Then in 2008 he and his fellow knights were awarded the Grail after slaying the Rays. Coste writes well and communicates the emotions he felt at various stops along his journey. His wife Marcia has to be one of the most understanding and supportive women in the history of the world. I hope that Marcia and Chris are buying Casey all the toys they promised her she could have when Daddy made it to the big leagues.