“Knuckler” Book Review

“Knuckler” by Tim Wakefield with Tony Massarotti; Page count 260

Knuckler was by far one of the best books I have read in quite some time. I love baseball and the Boston Red Sox are my favorite baseball team so I knew going in I would more than likely enjoy this book. Tim Wakefield is a former major league pitcher who made his career out of one of baseballs most misunderstood pitches, the knuckleball. Seen to most in the profession as an ineffective pitch or an oddity, Wakefield proved his doubters wrong by having a long successful career with one type of pitch. With insight from Wakefield’s mentors and fellow knuckleballers such as Phil and Joe Neikro, you begin to learn how wild it really is for Wakefield to do what he did with the knuckleball. That is a main part about the book that I enjoyed is hearing quotes and statements from some of the best pitchers and baseball players that ever played.

The book takes you through Wakefield’s long journey through the majors and the bumps in the road he had to face along the way. I was very interested in hearing the back story on a player I watched for my entire childhood and into my young teenage years. The story is very well told and filled with comments and brief stories from people close to Wakefield like his parents and former managers.  There’s not much about the book that I didn’t like but I have a slight bias because of who the book is about. Sports fans and especially baseball fans would enjoy the story behind one of baseballs oddest pitching careers. All in all I would recommend Knuckler to anyone as a good read. I’m definitely the opposite of a fan of reading and Knuckler kept me interested the whole way through so that has says something.

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1o Facts about me, the dude himself

1.  I grew up in a relatively small town called Tavernier in the Florida Keys. Up until I moved to Gainesville for college I had never lived anywhere else so that was a big change of scenery.

2. I own a French bulldog whose name is Louie V. He is the biggest “dog” on the block, always killing the game with the ladies.

3. I am a New England sports fan and proud of it. Go Patriots, go Red Sox, go Bruins, and go Celtics!

4. I am a below average writer but I get away with it because ill hopefully make you laugh at some point during the writing so that always helps.

5. Up until this year I had played baseball my entire life. Not tooting my own horn but I was pretty damn good, but thanks to a bum arm and at the time a bum attitude I chose not to try and play college baseball and I can already see that was one of the bigger mistakes I have made in my life. Oh well…..

6. My friends back home like to call me el dude because when I was younger I came up with the instagram name eldud3arino after the movie The Big Lebowski. I love that movie and I see a slight resemblance of myself in Jeff Bridges so the name is ok by me.

7. I’ve yet to go to a Gators game since I’ve lived in Gainesville. I could have gone to just about every game but my roommates and myself are lazy and always ended up not going. The one time we did go we were sold fake tickets and couldn’t get in so that shows our luck.

8. I miss being surrounded by water, I cant stand being landlocked like I am now.

9. I am a very competitive checkers player, ill challenge anyone.

10. I can cook a mean bowl  of ramen. Yes that is a skill.

 

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