Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: The Yankee Way: Playing, Coaching and My Life in Baseball by Willie Randolph



IT Books (Harper Collins)

Release Date:
May 2014

Former New York Yankee second baseman, Willie Randolph, shares a piece of his professional life with us in this baseball memoir.

Randolph takes us from the days when he first signed to be a baseball player to when he was traded to the Yankees to his time as one of their coaches to his tenure as the New York Met’s manager. It’s a series of his high and low points, as well as his team’s highs and lows. He even gives us his ideal Yankee team. It is quite fun to read his reasons for his choices even when he picks against his close friends.

I grew up in the 70’s when Randolph played for the team, so this book brought back many great memories. I had a wonderful time reading his stories about those days. He took me right back to the 1970’s. This isn’t a “tell all” book and you won’t read anything scandalous. This is more like sitting down in someone’s living room and just listening to stories of the “good old days” and some more recent days too. It’s not told in a dry, biographical tone. Instead, this is having a nice conversation with an old friend.

Admittedly, I’m a huge Yankee fan and I can’t remember when I wasn’t. Maybe I’m biased, but of course, I don’t think I am. Randolph has always been known as one of the low key, classy players from a time when the team was in a constant turmoil. This book is just as classy as I always thought him to be. I enjoyed every minute of this book. If you’re not a Yankee and/or baseball fan, you probably won’t have as much fun as I did reading this book.

FTC Disclosure: Edelweiss provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

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