Ron Darling was a great pitcher and had done color commentary for the game. He pitched for quite a few teams including The New York Mets, Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics. He was and is a colorful character and in his new book he tells great stories about the people he played with and met over his long career with baseball. He also talks about behind the things you wouldn’t be aware of.
For instance he was the Texas Rangers during spring training and was sent to their minor league team. On the drive there he was traded and only learned about it when he got there. When he was rookie how one of his teammates came over and spit on him and then just walked away. How in one of his games he had to face the trio of Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt and Joe Morgan and what he was thinking and how he pitched to them.
There are so many great stories and things you learn in this book it’s to write a review about them all. If you’re a fan of the sport this is a must read for you. Even if you’re not it’s a great ride and look behind the game.
You can pick it up in stores on Tuesday, April 2nd from St. Martin’s Press.