Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. Now, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality. An assessment of the game's past, present, and future--a memoir that showcases one of baseball's most unique and experienced minds at his very best.
Keith Hernandez played first base better than anyone of the late 1970s and ’80s. He was an acrobat in the field—snaring line drives, tumbling and throwing out runners, charging bunts to within 15 feet of the batter, when few other first basemen would charge within 45 feet ... For the chatty, informative, witty I’m Keith Hernandez, it’s as if Mr. Hernandez has met us—his reader—for a drink one early evening, and he’s going to divulge a bit about his past ... Keith Hernandez, you must understand, does things his way—and if you’re sharp enough to notice—it’s usually a better way ... a grand slam home run of a book about 1970s and ’80’s baseball, and a wonderful book about the hardest thing to master in all of sports: swinging a stick to mightily redirect a curving sphere zipping 95 miles per hour.
Keith Hernandez doesn’t like baseball memoirs. 'It feels like they’ve become a paint-by-numbers exercise,' the former first baseman laments at the outset of his own entry in the genre. What he offers instead is an impressionistic account of his baseball boyhood, a kind of “Remembrance of At-Bats Past,” complete with a baked good to set the memories in motion.
In the introduction to his entertaining memoir, two-time World Series Champion and five-time All-Star Keith Hernandez claims he didn’t want to write a 'boring' baseball book. Mission accomplished...as the outspoken first baseman-turned-broadcaster covers the highlights from his impressive career trajectory, ... Hernandez brings a witty veteran’s view to today’s game These observations, however, along with his bar-conversation writing style and self-deprecating humor, will appeal to baseball fans of any era.