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Great Expectations: The Lost Toronto Blue Jays Season

Great Expectations: The Lost Toronto Blue Jays Season [Kindle Edition]

Shi Davidi , John Lott
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In a one of a kind look at the Toronto Blue Jays 2013 season, two seasoned sports journalists take readers behind the scenes as the team stocks up on stars, revitalizes its fans and embarks on a campaign of shocking disillusionment. Great Expectations begins with a detailed look at how general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off the blockbuster trade that acquired flashy shortstop Jose Reyes, potential pitching ace Josh Johnson and steady left-hander Mark Buehrle. Then came the delicate, frenzied negotiations with the Mets that landed erudite knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the National League's Cy Young Award winner in 2012. The book examines the challenges that Reyes, Buehrle and Dickey faced in their formative years and during the rocky 2013 season. It is also replete with details about Brett Lawrie, the team's lone Canadian, whose kinetic style of play is a double-edged sword; José Bautista, the two-time home-run champion whose crown began to slip during a difficult 2013 season; Munenori Kawasaki, the genial, quirky infielder who became an overnight fan favourite; and Anthopoulos himself, who, by season's end, was inciting the fury of the same fans who had praised him as a genius a few months earlier. Featuring insightful analysis and a colourful collection of candid photos, Great Expectations is a fascinating tale of a season gone wrong.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3951 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1770411879
  • Publisher: ECW Press (1 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXC1E5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #544,906 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting post mortem of a frustrating season. 11 Jan 2014
By Niall
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The authors capture pretty well a season that had so much expectation but spectacularly failed to deliver.

Lots of interesting back stories of players and front office staff meant that it wasn't simply a blow by blow account of a season that was supposed to be transformative.For example, the contrast in upbringing of the two Joses, Reyes and Bautista, gave me an insight into their personalities that I hadn't appreciated.

Likewise, I feel a little more disposed to Brett Lawrie by the end of the book than I otherwise might have given his boorish and infantile behaviour. Let's hope he has matured as much as the writers seem to suggest. Connected to that, I am now more of Mark DeRosa fan than I was. Enjoy your retirement, big man!

Perhaps the only criticism of the book is that it had the feel of being written by sympathetic insiders (they clearly had almost open access to a lot of the key characters)and therefore, it suffered from a slight lack of objectivity. Having said that, the authors seem to share the incredulity of the rest of us that Chad Muttola was sacked at the end of the season.

All in all, enjoyable and recommended. Please God, let the 2014 equivalent have a happy ending!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 13 Nov 2013
By Jon Erik W. Taylor - Published on
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The book gave insightful behind the scene information that really helped me understand the inner workings of my favorite team's front office.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting inside look at the 2013 Blue Jays season and what went wrong 24 Feb 2014
By Josh H. - Published on
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This book provides an excellent behind the scenes look at the 2013 Blue Jays season and why, despite sky high expectations, the team struggled.
Most interesting to me was the behind the scenes perspective on the monster Blue Jays-Marlins trade and the backup catcher that nearly prevented the deal from happening.
I am not a Blue Jays fan, but this book was a great, quick read for me and one that I would recommend for fans of all teams.
4.0 out of 5 stars TIMELY BUT NOT RUSHED 20 May 2014
By Juan Carlos Lozano - Published on
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A book that was completed shortly after the season. However, it did not feel rushed nor did I think there was anything that was left out.
I was surprised to see players and staff members discuss their vulnerabilities/ sensitivities so candidly.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good recap but lacks insight 5 Feb 2014
By Christina Butterfield - Published on
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It reads a bit like a news story, summarizing a disappointing season for a team with such high expectations. Would have liked to see more insight from an insider perspective. What was at play behind the scenes? Looking forward for more from Shi Davidi in the future.
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