Don’t be a hater: a ‘Nation’s’ eyebrows raised over Piazza’s memoir

March 5, 2013

Just finished reading Mike Piazza’s Long Shot for a review that will appear Friday on

The quick react: is it great? No. Certainly nothing like R.A Dickey’s emotionally charged Wherever I Wind Up. Piazza grew up in an affluent environment, which seems to engender some ill will of its own, silver spoon and all that.

But I just don’t get the negative — or at least ambivalent — response it’s received so far. Some have called it self-serving. Well, it is a memoir, after all. Whom should it serve? Piazza is no better or worse than others who have penned such books. There’s nothing of a tell-all nature, no ribald tales of seduction (to prove he was no gay, as it was suggested in the New York media while he was a member of the Mets). Nothing exceptionally controversial. True, there are moments when he singles out teammates for their shortcomings, which strikes me as ungracious and unnecessary.

Here are some examples of what I’m talking about:

As much as I admire Neyer’s work, were four separate pieces really necessary? Seems like overkill. not for nothing, but really? That cover shot? Is it just me, or does that white t-shirt/catcher’s mask/eye black combo fall woefully short? You’d think they could afford to use a real photo, as another great catcher, the late Gary Carter, did for his books.

Anyway, I’ll be posting the Bookreporter review when it runs. Stay tuned.


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