With September upon us, we’ll see several new faces in each of the dugouts of the major league clubs, and among those new faces, several will be part of a big league ball game for the very first time – certainly a memorable moment in any ballplayer’s life.
Josh Lewin has compiled the memories of some of baseball’s biggest names for his latest book – You Never Forget Your First. In it, you’ll read how the first day in the show came about for Roger Clemens, Albert Pujols – even Edgar Martinez.
When I first got into the book – I thought it would be full of stories that would tug at the heart strings – a collection of emotions from relief and vindication, to eager anticipation and nervousness, even to sadness because a parent or spouse couldn’t be at the first game.
And while there is that in the book, it gets condensed fairly tightly. Each of the 120 players profiled only gets 2-3 pages each, half of which is a short bio on him, and a reprint of the box score from the game, leaving less than a half page for the player to tell his story. I can only imagine some of the details that got left out.
Nevertheless, it’s still a fun book to read – simply because the stories can differ so much, and it gives you a little more insight into your favorite ball players.