Book Review-One Last Strike by Tony LaRussa

One Last Strike by Tony Larussa is an incredible story of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals world series run. It was an amazing comeback by a team who never gave up when everyone counted them out at 10.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves with a month to go in the season. One Last Strike will make you feel as if you can come back from anything, no matter how far you may feel set back from something.

After a devastating sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in St. Louis during late August, the Cardinals would go on to compile a 23-9 record the rest of the way. This would lead to sneaking into postseason play on September 30, the last day of the regular season, with an 8-0 victory over the Houston Astros and an Atlanta Braves loss. Larussa would refer to many of the lessons he learned in his previous 30 years of managing, as how to guide this team through the challenges that were faced during the season. In the National League Division Series, the Cardinals would go on to shock the Philadelphia Phillies by prevailing in 5 games, behind the shutout of Starting Pitcher Chris Carpenter in game 5. The Cardinals would then go off to Milwaukee to face the Brewers in the National League Championship Series. They would go on to beat Milwaukee in 6 games behind the performance of Third Baseman David Freese, who would bat over .450 in the series. In the World Series, the Cardinals would face the heavily-favored Texas Rangers. Third Baseman David Freese would go off to be the hero in game 6, with an incredible double to right field, then hitting the walk-off home run in the 12th inning. The next night, the Cardinals would prevail over the Rangers by a score of 6-2 to secure the franchise’s 11th world championship.

One Last Strike by Tony Larussa is an excellent read that I would recommend to anyone looking for a great story. I was absolutely blown away at Larussa’s knowledge and how he can explain managing a game down to a T. I was very energized when reading this book, as if Larussa was right next to me, teaching fundamentals of the game. One Last Strike includes insights that I never even thought of as a baseball fan. I hope you buy this book, you will learn so much from it! Happy reading!

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Book Review-I Beat The Odds by Michael Oher

I Beat The Odds, by Michael Oher, is an extremely inspring read for anyone who is into great stories about those rising from the ashes to stardom. Oher was an inner city child who seemed to have no future. However, one day he had a life-changing experience when a well-off family, called the Tuohy’s, picked him up off the street. I Beat The Odds is a very engaging read that I throughly enjoyed from the beginning to the end. I could not put the book down!

The Tuohy’s saw talents in Oher that no one else believed in. It turned out that his childhood of playing street sports in Hurt Village benefitted his future in many ways, as he would rise to become a star Left Tackle for Wingate High School and the University of Mississippi. However, his rough childhood set him back from the rest of his peers. Oher was raised by his mother, who was a drug addict, as social services would come to take he and his siblings multiple times. Once the Tuohy’s found Oher, he was able to create a life that very few people from the ghetto can ever dream of. Oher worked tirelessly with his tutor, Miss. Sue, to raise his grades in order to graduate. He eventually was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, after 4 seasons at Ole Miss.

I highly recommend reading the book, I Beat The Odds, by Michael Oher. This is a very inspirational story that will make you feel you can do anything in this life. Oher provides the prime example of someone who can do anything they want, no matter the circumstances. Even considering the long, hard road going from being an adolescent in the inner city to becoming an NCAA football and NFL star, Oher defied the odds and provides inspiration to younger children and adults who are trying to find their path in life. Happy reading!

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