Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012
in Reviews, Sports
Subtitled “A Ballplayer’s Inside View”, The Game From Where I Stand by Doug Glanville is just that, “an inside view.”
I wasn’t certain what to expect when I began read Glanville’s book. As a baseball fan, and specifically a Chicago Cubs fan, I only knew Glanville as an outfielder. He was a decent hitter — who was pretty quick on the base paths. He was also a very capable outfielder who compiled an astounding 293-game errorless streak.
I didn’t know if his book’s “inside view” would be filled with scandalous allegations, tiresome self-promotion, or effusive praise for teammates.
Fortunately, the Ivy-league educated Glanville is also a modest veteran of nine seasons in the big leagues who brings refreshing insights about the game, it’s players and politics.
The book ended up being split into two distinct parts for me — the first six chapters, which cover Glanville’s playing career, and the following five chapters in which he allows his intellectual and insightful side to emerge as he reflects on life after baseball and casts a critical yet tempered eye on the state of baseball today.
In the first half of “The Game” Glanville wrote about life playing the game.
- The challenge of choosing the right equipment
- The excitement of being a baseball player
- As well as the challenges of public recognition that comes with being a professional athlete
In the second half of “The Game” Glanville wrote about the life of a baseball player
- His trip to buy a luxury car.
- His emotional ups and downs of publicity.
- His relationships with different managers.
- His opinion that an informed fear of consequences would eliminate steroid abuse.
- His perspective on the struggles that athletes experience when their professional jersey has been “ripped from their backs” and they are released.
Glanville comments on a number of topics related to baseball in the past couple of decades. He touches on the challenges of being a teammate, players who were promiscuous, steroid use, and the pain of no longer being a baseball player in the limelight.
I read several baseball books a year. Glanville’s The Game From Where I Stand is a wonderful example of what a well-written, deep thinking, heartfelt baseball book should be.