You Can’t Make This Up
by Al Michaels with L. Jon Wertheim
William Morrow, 2014
[Review by new TWJ contributor Jim. We are excited to have Jim as a part of the TWJ team, and look forward to future reviews!]
When I saw Al Michaels had written a book, I knew I would have to get my hands on a copy to hear all the great stories he had to tell. I was not disappointed in the least. Al was flawless in relaying hundreds of stories over his career and beforehand as well. Born to a loving mother and father in Brooklyn, Al never had to eat vegetables and grew up watching the Dodgers at Ebbets Field after attending school n the morning because the school was too crowded for him to go all day. Then he moved to Los Angeles and attended Arizona State University to develop his broadcasting skills.
Of his many stories, one of the highlights for me was him talking about his first impression of Cincinnati when he arrived. He was the broadcaster of a minor league team in Hawaii before he came to Cincinnati, so he was taken aback by the winter scenery. He also felt that living in the great state of Kentucky was a little too much of a step back from Hawaii. He tells of a time when Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall cussed out some players who were playing a joke on him and it went out on the broadcast. Growing up listening to Nuxhall, I laughed, picturing him doing something like that. All in all, You Can’t Make This Up is a great book for any sports fan. Al has experiences in many different sports, so there is something for everyone.
I should have just waited until I finished reading my RSS feed before making that last post. Then I could have told you that the Pete Rose documentary 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King is also available on Netflix now!
Some non-baseball titles that are also newly available to watch instantly:
- O.J.: Monster or Myth? (I still remember watching the cops chasing O.J. Simpson, I was sitting in my friend’s basement watching TV with him…it is one of my generation’s “where were you?” moments)
- Being Human (the UK version of the television series)
- An Inconvenient Tax (probably a boring documentary that only I would find interesting at all, examining the income tax system)
What’s in your Netflix queue?