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A Talent to Annoy: Essays, Articles and Reviews 1929-1968
A Talent to Annoy: Essays, Articles and Reviews 1929-1968 by Nancy Mitford 0825304296 9780825304293
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A Talent to Annoy: Essays, Articles and Reviews 1929-1968 by Nancy Mitford

A Season on the Mound with Minor League Baseballs Most Unlikely Pitcher, Matt McCarthy never expected to get drafted by a Major League Baseball team. A molecular biophysics major at Yale, he was a decent left-handed starter for a dismal college team. But good southpaws are hard to find, and when the Anaheim Angels selected him in the twenty-first round of the 2002 draft, McCarthy jumped at the chance to live every boys dream. In Odd Man Out, McCarthy tells the captivating and hilarious story of his year with the Provo Angels, Anaheims Class A minor league affiliate in the heart of Mormon country. He quickly discovers the dirty truths of the minors: the Americans and Dominicans dont speak to each other, the allure of steroids is ever present, and everyone puts his own stats ahead of the teams success. With a brilliant eye for baseballs character, McCarthy takes readers through the ups and downs of an antic, grueling season filled with cross-country road trips, bizarre rivalries, and players competing with cutthroat intensity for the ultimate prize: a call up to the majors. In the spirit of Ball Four, McCarthy recounts inside-the-locker-room tales of teammates who would go on to stardom, including Bobby Jenks, Joe Saunders, and Ervin Santana. Odd Man Out is one of the great books about baseball life, capturing with rare perfection the gritty essence of our national pastime as it is played outside the spotlight.

Author: Nancy Mitford

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 217

Publisher: Natl Book Network

Publication Date: 1987-06-01

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