Finished? Not quite.

Scherzer no-hitter

The 2015 regular season is in the books, but the narrative is far from over. Clayton Kershaw struck out 300 batters, the first time a pitcher has reached that mark since 2002. Another cheater reached the 500-home run mark. And Max Scherzer pitched two no-hitters this year; the last pitcher who did that in the regular season was Nolan Ryan in 1973.

Cueto Royals

The National League Central is sending three teams to the postseason, but the Reds will be watching from home. Johnny Cueto, traded to the Royals in July, will attempt to put Kansas City over the top after the team fell to the Giants last year. The upstart Houston Astros, powered by Dallas Keuchel, will try to derail that plan. There are only two teams in the playoffs that I despise, so I fully expect a Yankees/Cardinals World Series this year.


I will post a few more highlights cards for the World Series winners and award winners as they are announced, but the regular season cards are finished. 125 “revamped” cards, 13 “highlights” so far, and 18 All-Star cards. Prior to the “revamped” design, 65 cards were posted, along with ten Will Ferrell cards plus four tribute cards to legendary players who have passed away. Add to that 200 “preseason” cards, and I would say 2015 was a busy year for TWJ cards.


You can see all the cards at TWJ cards on tumblr. Plans are already underway for an even better set in 2016.

Vampire Legends: Aidan Turner and Sam Witwer (Countdown to Halloween)

Aidan Turner

A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost rent a house together. It’s not the beginning of a corny joke; it’s the premise of the television series Being Human, which aired in Britain beginning in 2008. The vampire, John Mitchell, was portrayed by Aidan Turner for the first three seasons. The character was over one hundred years old, but appeared to be in his twenties by human reasoning.

Sam Witwer

In 2011, a North American version of Being Human began airing on SyFy in the USA and on Space in Canada. The role of the vampire in this version, renamed Aidan Waite, was Sam Witwer, who previously appeared on Smallville as Davis Bloome (an interpretation of Doomsday). Incidentally, Sam Huntington, who plays the werewolf character, also has a Superman connection; he played Jimmy Olsen in 2006’s Superman Returns.

Vampire Legends: Duncan Regehr (Countdown to Halloween)

Duncan Regehr

I do not remember The Monster Squad from my childhood, and oh how I regret my ignorance of this movie until just a few years ago. I appreciate the performances and the story, and know I would have adored this movie when I was younger. Branded in the 80s published a fantastic series of articles and custom trading cards last year, and it is fun to read about how much others loved the film. Duncan Regehr’s portrayal of Dracula is a wonderful tribute to the character, earning him a place in the Vampire Legends set.

Little Miss and Mr. Me Me Me series by Dan Zevin (2015)

Little Miss and Mr. Me Me Me

Little Miss and Mr. Me Me Me series
by Dan Zevin
Three Rivers Press, 2015
32 pages each

Growing up, I always looked forward to the Scholastic book order forms, and I would beg my mom to order more Mr. Men/Little Miss books. I loved those short little stories and simple illustrations, and the morals and manners they slyly taught were beneficial. They have been around for more than four decades, and have taught countless kids the proper way to act.

Now, there is a series for adults who did not experience the originals. The parody series, Little Miss and Mr. Me Me Me, features annoying adults that don’t have it all together, though they think they do. The first four books in the series and Mr. Selfie, Little Miss Basic, Mr. Humblebrag, and Little Miss Overshare. Four more books are scheduled for publication in March, 2016. I guarantee you know some of these people. Hopefully you, yourself, are not found in these pages.

These are books for a grown-up audience. There is no foul language, but some of the topics are risque and not appropriate for younger readers. After reading them, you may want to share with your ridiculous friends who emulate these very attributes, hoping they get the hint. But they probably won’t.

Learn more about Three Rivers Press.

Purchase Mr. Selfie, Little Miss Basic, Mr. Humblebrag, and Little Miss Overshare by Dan Zevin.

Vampire Legends: Max Schreck and Willem Dafoe (Countdown to Halloween)

Max Schreck

Nearly a decade before Dracula was released, German expressionist director F.W. Murnau unleashed Nosferatu. Starring Max Schreck as a demented-looking creature of the night—which was more in line with Bram Stoker‘s imagery than Universal’s Dracula—the film was an unauthorized adaptation of the novel. When Stoker’s heirs took Murnau to court, it was ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. Fortunately, some survived, and it is now a cult classic among horror freaks.

Willem Dafoe

In 2000, a fictionalized account of the making of Nosferatu was released under the title Shadow of the Vampire, starring Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck and John Malkovich as F.W. Murnau. A brilliant film in its own right, Shadow of the Vampire is too often overlooked when one considers the great horror movies featuring the ghastly monsters.

Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar published by TF Publishing

Baseball Stadiums Calendar

Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar
published by TF Publishing, 2015

Now that October has arrived, it is time to admit that Christmas is just around the corner. Yes, we have to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first, but it is never too soon to start thinking about what gifts you will be buying for others. One small gift that is timeless is the calendar. Whether you go with the daily boxed variety, or the monthly hang-on-the-wall calendar, everyone needs to know what day it is at some point.

Perfect Timing publishes a wide variety of calendars, including this very nice Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar. Twelve ballparks are featured, including such vital statistics as home team, opening date, dimensions, capacity, and playing surface. The twelve parks are Busch (St. Louis), AT&T (San Francisco), Fenway (Boston), Citi (New York Mets), PNC (Pittsburgh), Great American (Cincinnati), Yankee (New York Yankees), Wrigley (Chicago Cubs), Chase (Arizona), Comerica (Detroit), Rogers (Toronto), and Dodger (Los Angeles). The calendar measures 11.8×23.4 when hung on the wall, showing the stadium of the month; the calendar portion has plenty of room to jot down appointment and meeting reminders in the blocks.

Learn more about TF Publishing.

Purchase Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar published by Perfect Timing.

Vampire Legends: Bela Lugosi and Carlos Villarias (Countdown to Halloween)


When Dracula was released in 1931, Variety wrote, “It is difficult to think of anybody who could quite match the performance in the vampire part of Bela Lugosi, even to the faint flavor of foreign speech that fits so neatly.” Lugosi’s performance has been the standard by which all other vampiric actors have been judged.

Carlos Villarias

Tod Browning’s Dracula was filmed during the day; at night, the costumes and sets were being used to film a Spanish-language version of the film with Carlos Villarias in the role of Conde Dracula. This version was long though to be lost, but in the 1970s it was discovered and restored, and is often included as a bonus feature on releases of the English-language version.

A third, silent, version of Dracula was released in 1931 to theaters that had not yet been wired for sound.

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third by Ian Doescher (2015)

William Shakespeares Star Wars Episode III

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third
by Ian Doescher
Quirk Books, 2015
168 pages

Ian Doescher’s adaptation of Star Wars’ episodes IV through VI into the Victorian language of William Shakespeare was a brilliant idea, and the execution was tremendous. When it came to the prequels, however, Doescher suffered from inferior source materials. Episodes I and II simply did not match the originals in quality, and the adaptations, while there were some clever twists, were not as enjoyable as the first three. Fortunately, The Revenge of the Sith was a return to form for Lucas and, subsequently, for Doescher.

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge follows the events of the movie, replacing modern language with that of Shakespeare’s day and utilizing such devices as narration from “Rumor.” Doescher continues to employ rhyming quatrains for the lovers, Padme and Anakin, though the rhymes are imperfect as Anakin’s path to the dark side separates him from Padme’s love. Mention must be made of Nicolas Delort’s illustrations throughout the series, a perfect mixture of the futuristic looks of Star Wars with a touch of traditional English garb and culture.

Doescher has brought to fruition a fantastic idea, and this reviewer hopes he is able to continue this series with the new Star Wars films that begin releasing later this year.

Learn more about Quirk Books.

Download the teacher’s guide for the book.

Purchase William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third by Ian Doescher.

Countdown to Halloween is coming!!!


The Countdown to Halloween will be starting very soon!

Last year, we featured “Horror Fun Cards” each day during the month of October (and those will be reposted at TWJ fun cards on tumblr beginning Thursday). What does The Writer’s Journey have in store for 2015? A brand new original series called “Vampire Legends”! Be sure to come back Thursday and every day during the month of October to see all 51 “Vampire Legends” cards!

Random Awesomeness (part 198)

Random Awesomeness

Purchase Milli Vanilli – Girl You Know It’s True.

Buy my book!

ironologyMy book Ironology 2015: The Iron Writer Challenge is now available on Amazon! Ok, it’s not technically “my” book. It’s an anthology of flash fiction, and one of my pieces, entitled “Red & White Stripes,” is included in it. So buy this book featuring my story (and about sixty others)!

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Essential Horror Movies by Michael Mallory (2015)

Essential Horror Movies

Essential Horror Movies
by Michael Mallory
Universe Publishing, 2015
228 pages

This is the time of the year that books about horror movies get more attention, with the leaves turning and the pumpkin spice flavoring everything and the greatest holiday of all right around the corner. Michael Mallory’s Essential Horror Movies looks like the book to get this year, measuring 9.4 x 12.4 and full of bloody details about the most important horror films in the world, from the Universal classics Dracula and Frankenstein to the more recent Scream and Friday The 13th. Mallory delivers a brief synopsis of each film or series, making mention of remakes and reboots, and reproducing iconic scenes from the silver screen.

Mallory also includes some interesting sidelines, spotlighting Japanese horror, the makeup artists, and made-for-television horror films. He will remind you of movies you had forgotten, that you need to watch again, and that you never knew existed. He wraps up with an article about the future of the genre, and a list of fifty additional films that all horror buffs should check out. Surprisingly, Creature From the Black Lagoon did not receive an entry into the “essential” or the “additional.” Aside from that, there is little to complain about in this impressive volume.

Learn more about Universe Publishing.

Purchase Essential Horror Movies by Michael Mallory.

Concert review: Queensrÿche and Scorpions (September 22, 2015 @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Columbus OH)

Two classic hard rock bands have joined forces on tour and stopped in Columbus, Ohio’s Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Tuesday night.


Queensrÿche, with new singer Todd La Torre, opened up for Germany’s Scorpions for a massive crowd. La Torre has been with the band since 2012, but they are just now preparing the first studio release featuring his vocal abilities. In concert, La Torre sounds great when he isn’t trying to imitate Geoff Tate’s distinct sound. He struggled with “Jet City Woman” and parts of “Silent Lucidity,” but regained his command of the microphone for the new song, “Arrow of Time,” and sounded strong on the classics, “Eyes of a Stranger” and “Empire.” It will be interesting to see how the new record is received. La Torre’s voice is powerful, but lacks the range of Tate. The rest of the band sounded fantastic, and lead guitarist Michael Wilton looked like he was having a blast. Queensrÿche is rounded out with Parker Lundgren on guitar, Eddie Jackson on bass, and Scott Rockenfield on drums. They played a solid 9-song, 45-minute set.


Setlist for Queensrÿche:
The Needle Lies
Walk in the Shadows
Jet City Woman
Silent Lucidity
Arrow of Time
Eyes of a Stranger
Queen of the Reich

Pre-order the new Queensrÿche album Condition Human,due out October 2, or pick up some classic releases by the band.


The main event was the Scorpions, who blazed through a selection of vintage and newer songs for over an hour and a half. Klaus Meine was at the top of his game, belting out timeless songs like “The Zoo” and “Blackout,” while Rudolf Schenker pranced around the stage thrusting his Flying V guitar into the air.

Scorpions Rudolph Schenker

Scorpions are celebrating their fiftieth year as a band, though Schenker is the only member who has been at it the entire time; Meine joined up in 1969, three years before the first studio album was released. The new material is remarkable and fits in perfectly with the band’s most enduring songs. Guitarist Matthias Jabs sounded phenomenal, and truly appeared to be enjoying the spotlight during his solo performances.

Scorpions Matthias Jabs

The group also includes Paweł Mąciwoda on bass and James Kottak on drums. Kottak’s drumset was raised high above the band, so his animated style was never hidden from the audience. The Scorpions never disappoint when performing live, always playing with energy and enthusiasm and encouraging crowd participation. This is a band that every rock fan needs to see live at least once. I have been fortunate enough to see them three times, and they sound better every time.


Setlist for the Scorpions:
Going Out with a Bang
Make It Real
The Zoo
Coast to Coast
Top of the Bill / Steamrock Fever / Speedy’s Coming / Catch Your Train (70’s medley)
We Built This House
Delicate Dance
Always Somewhere / Eye of the Storm / Send Me an Angel (acoustic medley)
Wind of Change
Rock ‘n’ Roll Band
In the Line of Fire
Kottak Attack (drum solo)
No One Like You
Big City Nights
Still Loving You
Rock You Like a Hurricane

Rudolph Schenker Scorpions

Purchase the Scorpions’ newest release, Return To Forever, or reacquaint yourself with the classics.



R.I.P. Yogi Berra

(May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015)

The man known as much for his sayings as his abilities on the ballfield, the legendary Yogi Berra has passed away at the age of 90. One of the greatest catchers in the history of the game, he is famous for many sayings, most notably, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” But before you quote Berra, keep in mind that he also said, “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Twisted Sister edition

It has been too long since I posted an Ultimate Mixtape tracklist. I intended to do these once a month, but it’s more work than you would imagine. I like to be thorough and accurate, so I will go back and actually listen to each album, at least the first few seconds of each song, to make sure that I picked the right song for that album. Of course, you can disagree with my picks, this is entirely subjective…but to be honest with myself, I have to revisit the material.

twisted sister mixtape

I have been working on Twisted Sister for a while now. The problem is not the studio albums; those were easy. But the Club Daze records and the live releases were not as familiar to me; it took some time to listen to them, and then listen again, and try to find good material for the Ultimate Mixtape. In the end, I skipped over a couple of the live albums. I’ve said in the past that I’m not a huge fan of concert recordings, so it wasn’t too painful to say no to Astoria and Wacken. Alright, let’s get down to it. But first, the rules:

  • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
  • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
  • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixed songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
  • Live albums are a great way to sneak additional songs into the mix. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good live version of “I Wanna Rock.”

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Twisted Sister edition

As with other Ultimate Mixtapes, I have to throw in some bonus tracks for the band members’ other projects…

Bonus Tracks:

There you have it. How does your Twisted Sister Ultimate Mixtape differ?

Baseball Immortal: Derek Jeter by Danny Peary (2015)

Baseball Immortal Derek Jeter

Baseball Immortal: Derek Jeter
by Danny Peary
Page Street Publishing, 2015
368 pages

He was one of the most humble, yet most exciting players to watch over the past couple of decades. New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter redefined what a player could do under the pressure—and despite the constant attention—of the media in the Big Apple. Everything he accomplished was handled with poise and character, and he retired as one of the most respected players in the game. Looking through the pages of quotes by Jeter, and by others about Jeter, a reader can get a sense of what a special player he was going all the way back to high school.

Danny Peary’s collection of quotes does not bring much to light that was not already known. Despite being a highly private person, Jeter’s exploits on the field were widely reported. However, bringing all the information together into one place is an invaluable resource to fans of #2. Jeter’s family members, teammates, coaches, and opponents are all quoted in this extensive volume. Perhaps the best line comes from former Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon, who said, “They created the Hall of Fame for players like him. Never a doubt. Totally earned. He may be the first 100 percenter.”

Derek Jeter fans will treasure this book about one of the most loved figures in recent Yankees history.

Learn more about Page Street Publishing.

Purchase Baseball Immortal: Derek Jeter by Danny Peary.

2015 Reds, 1990 Score style: Eugenio Suarez


When Zack Cozart went down with a season-ending injury in June, he was likely on his way to his first career All-Star berth. The Reds called upon second-year player Eugenio Suarez, who was acquired from Detroit Tigers in the Alfredo Simon deal. Suarez exceeded all expectations and promises to make spring training 2016 very interesting at the shortstop position. He has 12 home runs and 45 RBI, along with a .285 batting average, but his glove is not quite as solid as Cozart’s. To have two young shortstops with strong skills is an enviable position in baseball.

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg (2015)

Big Bad Book of Bill Murray

The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray
by Robert Schnakenberg
Quirk Books, 2015
272 pages

Bill Murray turns 65 years old today. He is one of the most beloved comedic actors of the past four decades, and his legend grows with each photobomb and impromptu kickball game. Robert Schnakenberg’s The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, subtitled A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor, examines the enigmatic entertainer’s professional career through all the ups (Ghostbusters) and downs (Where the Buffalo Roam). All of his film appearances are listed with an overall movie rating and a Bill Murray score to guide the diehard fan in what to watch first, and what to watch only if you have nothing else to do. There are also anecdotes (styled “Tales from Murrayland”) and tidbits about movies Murray didn’t appear in. For instance, Murray was apparently considered for the roles of Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Forrest Gump.

Obviously, in a book this size, there is a lot of information about what Murray did not do. He could have been Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story, and Sully in Monsters, Inc., and the titular character in Shrek. But for one reason or another, he wasn’t. There are also several facts included in this book that seem extraneous, such as the fact that Murray does not find Adam Sandler funny, he doesn’t like e-mail, he prefers Mexican Coke, and he usually dressed up as either a hobo or a ghost for Halloween when he was a child.

Schnakenberg wraps up the book with some quotations by Bill Murray, and others about Bill Murray. Among the wise words of the Murricane is this gem on art: “It’s hard to be an artist. It’s hard to be anything. It’s hard to be.” Murray has done an excellent job of entertaining millions with his art, and Schnakenberg does a fine job capturing those moments in The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray.

Learn more about Quirk Books.

Purchase The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg.

Hollywood Vampires by Hollywood Vampires (2015)


Hollywood Vampires
by Hollywood Vampires
UMe, 2015
48 minutes

An amazing lineup, great songs, and spot-on performances make the self-titled Hollywood Vampires record a must-have for hard rock fanatics. Of the fourteen tracks, eleven are cover songs or medleys, and they are fantastic. Alice Cooper is masterful as always as the main vocalist, while Johnny Depp and Tommy Henriksen are perfect on guitars. All of the cover songs pay tribute to friends of Cooper who have passed from this life, such as “My Generation” (The Who), “Five To One/Break On Through (To The Other Side)” (The Doors), and “Manic Depression” (Jimi Hendrix). The sultry harmonica-driven intro to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” creeps into the hard rocker that everyone knows and loves. Cooper has been performing a medley of his own “School’s Out” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” for years in concert; it is nice to finally have a studio version of that medley with original Alice Cooper members Neal Smith (drums) and Dennis Dunaway (bass).

The original compositions fit in perfectly with Alice Cooper’s style. “Raise the Dead” would have sounded great on any Alice Cooper album, and “Dead Drunk Friends” has one of the coolest swaggers ever recorded. Other guest stars on the album include Joe Walsh, Orianthi, Kip Winger, Slash, and Paul McCartney. Joe Perry of Aerosmith shows up for four songs, and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction shares the mic on two tracks. The late Christopher Lee is featured as the narrator on “The Last Vampire,” the first cut on the album.

Hollywood Vampires could be the album of the year.

Check out the Hollywood Vampires’ “Raise The Dead”:

Tracklist: (h/t to Loudwire for providing this information)
1. The Last Vampire
Narration: Sir Christopher Lee
Keyboards and Sound Design: Johnny Depp, Bob Ezrin and Justin Cortelyou
2. Raise the Dead
(Johnny Depp, Bruce Witkin, Tommy Henriksen, Alice Cooper, Bob Ezrin, Rob Klonel)
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen, Bruce Witkin
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Background Vocals: Alice Cooper, Tommy Henriksen, Bob Ezrin
3. My Generation
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Drums: Zak Starkey
Background Vocals: Tommy Henriksen,
4. Whole Lotta Love
Vocals: Brian Johnson, Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp, Orianthi, Tommy Henriksen, Bruce Witkin
Harmonica: Alice Cooper
Drums: Zak Starkey
Bass: Kip Winger
Programming: Tommy Henriksen
Backing Vocals: Alice Cooper, Tommy Henriksen
5. I Got a Line
Vocals: Alice Cooper, Perry Farrell
Guitars: Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen, Bruce Witkin
Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr.
Bass: Kip Winger
Background Vocals: Perry Farrell, Tommy Henriksen, Bob Ezrin
6. Five to One/Break on Through
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Robby Krieger, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr.
Farfisa: Charlie Judge
Bass: Bruce Witkin
7. One/Jump Into the Fire
Vocals: Alice Cooper, Perry Farrell
Guitars: Robby Krieger, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen, Bruce Witkin
Drums: Dave Grohl
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Keyboard: Bob Ezrin, Bruce Witkin
Programming: Tommy Henriksen
8. Come and Get It
Vocals: Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Perry, Johnny Depp
Piano: Paul McCartney
Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr.
Bass: Paul McCartney
Background Vocals: Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Abe Laboriel Jr., Bob Ezrin
9. Jeepster
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen,
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming: Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Bob Ezrin
10. Cold Turkey
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming: Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Alice Cooper, Tommy Henriksen
11. Manic Depression
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Zak Starkey
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Piano: Bob Ezrin
12. Itchycoo Park
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Programming: Tommy Henriksen
Background Vocals: Alice Cooper, Tommy Henriksen, Bob Ezrin
13. School’s Out/Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2
Vocals: Alice Cooper, Brian Johnson
Guitar: Slash, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen, Bruce Witkin
Drums: Neal Smith
Bass: Dennis Dunaway
Background Vocals: Kip Winger, Bob Ezrin
14. Dead Drunk Friends
(Johnny Depp, Bruce Witkin, Tommy Henriksen, Alice Cooper, Bob Ezrin)
Vocals: Alice Cooper
Guitars: Johnny Depp, Bruce Witkin
Drums: Glenn Sobel
Programming: Tommy Henriksen
Bass: Bruce Witkin
Piano: Bruce Witkin, Bob Ezrin
Background Vocals: Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Tommy Henriksen, Bruce Witkin, Bob Ezrin

Learn more about UMe.

Learn more about Hollywood Vampires.

Purchase Hollywood Vampires by Hollywood Vampires.

The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers by Jon Pessah (2015)

The Game

The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers
by Jon Pessah
Little, Brown and Company, 2015
656 pages

[Review by TWJ contributor Jim.]

As sports fans there is so much we see and then we draw conclusions based on what we observe. This book will show you all that you didn’t know. Centered on three men, Don Fehr, George Steinbrenner, and Allan “Bud” Selig, you learn how these three men played a big role in how the game of baseball is today, at least professionally. You will get a behind the scenes look at labor negotiations, the running of the Yankees empire and the egocentric, selfish ways of Major League baseball’s ninth Commissioner.

In The Game by Jon Pessah, readers get a unique inside view of how Selig and the owners forced out former Commissioner Fay Vincent until Selig decides to retire. Selig is a man obsessed with his own image and legacy and doesn’t care who gets in the way of improving his perceived image and legacy. Steinbrenner is ruthless and cut throat, but as you see how his life ended and how many of the men who worked and played for him adored him, your heart will soften towards him. Fehr is portrayed as the stubborn union leader who is ultimately and incorrectly blamed for baseball’s steroid problem. This book is an easy and entertaining read, good luck trying to put it down.

Learn more about Little, Brown and Company.

Purchase The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers by Jon Pessah.


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