I never really know what to expect when getting into a book authored by a player – or at least told by a player and actually written by someone else, as is the case with Deep Drive.
There’s no question that Lowell is a tremendous ball player; and many associate him with being a pretty decent person as well. I had always thought he was a pretty good guy; if nothing less I never had reason to think he wasn’t. I knew he had an accounting degree from Florida International University…and a player with a college degree scores a point in my positive column.
What I ended up learning as I read the book was not just life details like Lowell’s battle with cancer at 24 years old, but that the events in Lowell’s life has given him not just a unique perspective on accomplishments and priorities, as well as that there seems to be a thread of people not always estimating Lowell to be all that he is.
The second point is the one that sticks out most to me — the most glaring omission of most people’s assessment of Lowell is his Latino heritage. Born in Puerto Rico and with a family of both German and Cuban lineage, most don’t expect a guy with the last name Lowell to be able to speak Spanish, let alone able and willing to associate with Latino guys on his ballclub and be able to bridge the cultural divides that often occur in clubhouses when multiple language and cultures are present.
The first point regarding Lowell’s perspective on life and the events that have shaped his perspective is one that is not as readily evident as you read the book, but it does come out as you read about the hurdles that he has overcome through his life.
As Lowell readily admitted in my talk with him, he doesn’t think his life has been that difficult, and he doesn’t want to be one to harp on the low points. This is where Bradford seems to coax Lowell into bringing out and analyzing some of the tougher times that he’s gone through, and the results are successful.
Lowell never gets too high or too low on himself – which is one of the biggest reasons I liked Deep Drive as much as I did. While it’s not full of life lessons or motivational words per se, it is even keel enough to help shape the reader’s perspective on his own life.
While I wouldn’t necessarily push Deep Drive into your hand with a stern order to read it, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you read it. Red Sox fans and longer term Marlins fans will certainly be able to pick up the book and get a lot out of it having, watched Lowell succeed with their clubs. The average baseball fan who knows who Lowell is will certainly enjoy reading the pretty good story of a pretty good ballplayer.