New York Times Bestseller
“An ideal Father’s Day present...It’s this year’s baseball book most likely to be made into a terrific movie.” —The Chicago Tribune
“Affecting...A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
A baseball rules book. A tape measure. A lottery ticket.
More than a standard baseball memoir, this glowing tribute to Molina's father, Pai, rates as one of the most heartfelt, earnest accounts of a son assuming his father's dream of reaching the major leagues. Molina, teamed with journalist Ryan, writes with warmth and respect of the father who trained his three sons in the lessons of baseball in a barrio in a small Puerto Rican town, grooming them to become All-Star catchers in major leagues. Carrying Pai's pro ball dreams, Molina played for the Anaheim Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, and San Francisco Giants. No baseball position requires as much stamina, pain tolerance, and skill as the catcher, which all three Molina brothers played, leaving them with swollen hands and bruised limbs. Molina soldiers through the challenges of breaking through professionally to two World Championship rings and two Gold Glove Awards, after laboring in the minors and contending with a strained marriage and the financial needs of a family. In precise and thoughtful prose, Molina celebrates his famous bloodline as well as his own success, mastering the game behind home plate with skill and style for the enjoyment of the fans.
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This is a fascinating book about an amazing family and the importance of a strong father figure in young boys lives and the trials of growing up and discovering how to be a man in the world of sports.
Baseball is the tool in which the elder Bengie teaches his sons and his community about the importance of being a good man, a good person, and especially a good father with many life lessons song the way.
As a huge baseball fan. (Yadi Molina is my favorite ball player.) I live in St.Louis.
The book was terrific! I cried all the way through it.
Mr. Molina was a great man and he raised three wonderful sons and grate ball players. He taught them more than how to play baseball. He taught them how to be men!
I give the book five stars.