Home Game: Big-League Stories from My Life in Baseball's First Family

Boone, Bret & . Crown Archetype. May 2016. 272p. index. ISBN 9781101904909. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101904916. MEMOIR
Boone is likely remembered as the slugging second baseman for the Seattle Mariners during their epic 2001 season. Known for his trademark bat flip, the player isn't shy about sharing his opinions or displaying his temper. In this memoir, he collaborates with Cook (The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families) to tell his story. Boone is the first third-generation player in major league baseball after his grandfather Ray and father, Bob, both of whom won a World Series, while Bret and his brother Aaron have each played in (and lost) a World Series. Boone is brash, confident, and unapologetic about his life and view of the sport. That attitude made him a talented athlete and helps create this entertaining read. He openly discusses his short stature (he is under six feet), his complete flop in the Home Run Derby at his own stadium, and his aggressive demeanor vs. the calmer personalities of his brothers and father.
VERDICT Baseball and sports lovers will want to find out about Boone's take on steroids, the unwritten rules of baseball, and his immense knowledge of the game.
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