Author(s): Jeff Pearlman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Amazon | ShelfariHaving finished this book over the weekend, I just posted a review of Love Me, Hate Me on Shelfari. The book, written by Jeff Pearlman, the same guy who authored a piece in Sports Illustrated about John Rocker that baseball fans may remember. Pearlman is unafraid to shy away from controversy. I’d meant to write this up over there since finishing, but I just watched the video of Bonds hitting the home run tonight that broke the record and thought I’d better get there before it seems like I’m just piling on.
Here’s the full review I posted:
Yikes. One thing becomes very clear after reading this book: Barry Bonds is crazy. I actually came away with mixed feelings. First, he’s a total jackass. Second, I feel sorry for the guy. Pearlman does an awesome job in interviewing everyone, seemingly, who ever had contact with Bonds. I’d say there was a little anti-Bonds bias that creeped in at times, but I’m almost positive anyone would have had the same trouble that Pearlman did keeping it out. Bonds just seems like a guy who couldn’t figure out how to be decent. Not nice, just decent. His relentless pursuit of baseball’s most hallowed record (broken on the night I write this) almost seems to stem from his overt scoffing at history and his willingness to bullshit his way through every situation presented to him.
I give Pearlman serious props for this book, and if his style is consistent through his other one, “The Bad Guys Won“ then I’ll check it out.
I read the book because last Summer I was obsessed with the steroid controversy in baseball. I had several books on steroids sitting on my bookshelf when school started and I had to wait until now to read them. This one was not on the shelf, but I figured if I was going to make Barry Bonds the poster child for the problem, I might want to know more about the guy. I do now, and I’m glad for that. This is definitely a book that only baseball fans would really care much about, and anyone with an opinion on Bonds owes the book a chance. There’s a lot in there, and coming away I feel like the guy has serious problems that he may never deal with.