The good folks over at Goodman Media International sent me an advanced copy of Sports Illustrated’s new book, “Pro Files: Baseball,” a few weeks ago, and I finally had a chance to sit down and read it a few days ago.
When I first started it I almost threw up. Chapter 1 is about Dustin Pedroia, and his ugly mug was staring right back at me when I began reading. Regardless of how hideous Dusty looks, the book still provides interesting insight about his background and tips on how to play like he does.
It also features other major league stars like Justin Verlander, Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Roy Halladay and eight other players. They saved the best for last as on page 90 they profile The Great Mariano.
The book provides some pretty interesting facts about Mo (did you know His favorite movie is The Rock and His favorite team to watch is the Brazilian men’s national soccer team?), including how He discovered the cutter. It provides some stats — all of His ML records — and touches on His youth as the son of a fisherman in Panama.
The book is pretty cool and gives you facts about some of the biggest stars in the game. It’s definitely worth checking out, in my opinion.