For as long as I can remember, I've been an avid reader. From Dr. Seuss to Chuck Klosterman, from Robert Ludlum to Christopher Moore, I've read a lot of books.
As with any good book, it's not out of the ordinary to read it more than once. Growing up, one that I read multiple times was The Baseball Hall of Shame: Volume Two—often doing so simply to make sure that my recollection of the outrageous (and often hysterical) miscues was right.
Now, twenty years after inducting their last class, authors Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo return with The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown.
Nash and Zullo spared nobody from enshrinement: legends of the game, like Joe DiMaggio and Christy Mathewson are members. So are those players who would be just another name if not for their mishaps, like Randall Simon and George Wilson.
Steve Bartman, Jeffrey Maier? They are Hall of Shamers as well.
The book itself is a very easy, enjoyable read. You can put the book down to do something if you have to without losing your place, but chances are you won't want to put it down in the first place.
For all of it's entertainment value, Nash and Zullo inadvertently remind us of something that is generally overlooked.
Baseball players, professional athletes—they are people, just like you, just like me. Regardless of how much money they make, how popular they are, how far they can hit a ball or how hard they can throw one, nobody is perfect.
It's good to stop and remember that every once in awhile.
The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown is a great book to read, especially with the regular season just about to get underway. Whether you are an adult, a youngster or a fair-weather fan, there's something for everyone in Blooperstown.