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Long Shot

Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza's autobiography-the candid story of the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball, from his inauspicious draft selection to his Hall of Fame-worthy achievements and the unusual controversies that marked his career. Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick." The Dodgers never expected him to play for them-or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League rookie of the year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star twelve times. Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story. With the Dodgers, Piazza established himself as baseball's premier offensive catcher; but the team never seemed willing to recognize him as the franchise player he was. He joined the Mets and led them to the memorable 2000 World Series with their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. Mike tells the story behind his dramatic confrontation with Roger Clemens in that series. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered around him and Major League Baseball during his time and provides valuable perspective on the subject. Mike also addresses the rumors of being gay and describes the thrill of his game-winning home run on September 21, 2001, the first baseball game played in New York after the 9/11 tragedy. Along the way, he tells terrific stories about teammates and rivals that baseball fans will devour. Long Shot is written with insight, candor, humor, and charm. It's surprising and inspiring, one of the great sports autobiographies.

Mike Piazza's autobiography-the candid story of the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball, from his inauspicious draft selection to his Hall of Fame-worthy achievements and the unusual controversies that marked his career. Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick." The Dodgers never expected him to play for them-or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League rookie of the year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star twelve times. Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story. With the Dodgers, Piazza established himself as baseball's premier offensive catcher; but the team never seemed willing to recognize him as the franchise player he was. He joined the Mets and led them to the memorable 2000 World Series with their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. Mike tells the story behind his dramatic confrontation with Roger Clemens in that series. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered around him and Major League Baseball during his time and provides valuable perspective on the subject. Mike also addresses the rumors of being gay and describes the thrill of his game-winning home run on September 21, 2001, the first baseball game played in New York after the 9/11 tragedy. Along the way, he tells terrific stories about teammates and rivals that baseball fans will devour. Long Shot is written with insight, candor, humor, and charm. It's surprising and inspiring, one of the great sports autobiographies.
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Mike Piazza's autobiography-the candid story of the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball, from his inauspicious draft selection to his Hall of Fame-worthy achievements and the unusual controversies that marked his career. Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick." The Dodgers never expected him to play for them-or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League rookie of the year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star twelve times. Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story. With the Dodgers, Piazza established himself as baseball's premier offensive catcher; but the team never seemed willing to recognize him as the franchise player he was. He joined the Mets and led them to the memorable 2000 World Series with their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. Mike tells the story behind his dramatic confrontation with Roger Clemens in that series. He addresses the steroid controversy that hovered around him and Major League Baseball during his time and provides valuable perspective on the subject. Mike also addresses the rumors of being gay and describes the thrill of his game-winning home run on September 21, 2001, the first baseball game played in New York after the 9/11 tragedy. Along the way, he tells terrific stories about teammates and rivals that baseball fans will devour. Long Shot is written with insight, candor, humor, and charm. It's surprising and inspiring, one of the great sports autobiographies.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lonnie Wheeler, Holter Graham

Length:

15h 32m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

15:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

29:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

27:23


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

27:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:16


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:40


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

29:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

25:30


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

22:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

25:16


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

24:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

15:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

22:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

24:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

18:32


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

17:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

16:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

15:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

15:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

15:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

28:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:44