Mike Lowell celebrated tomorrow’s release of his book by hitting, yes, his first deep drive of 2008. I’m sure plenty more are on the way. And by the way, everyone should check out his work as an author.
Lowell’s book — co-authored by the blogtastic Rob Bradford of the Boston Herald — is a terrific read. I haven’t read the whole thing yet. I’ve gotten through 100 pages in about three days and loving it so far. The book will be available in stores tomorrow.
There is great insight from Lowell about his childhood, and how connected he was to his father, and how baseball was something they truly bonded over. I love the part about how on every Wednesday afternoon, Lowell and his dad and his brothers would go to a local ballfield with a bucket of balls and Papa Lowell would throw them BP. Carl Lowell was a very accomplished pitcher in his own day, representing Puerto Rico with some memorable performances, particularly when he beat Cuba.
Anyway, after BP and shagging and taking grounders, the boys would fetch all the balls and put them back in the bucket. The reward? Slurpies at 7/11. Lowell says in the book, “Wednesday is still my favorite day of the week.”
There’s also detailed information about the root of the Lowell family’s utter hatred for Fidel Castro.
There is in-depth stuff about how Lowell snapped out of the funk he was in during 2005 by enlisting his old hitting coach Gary Denbo, who was in Japan at the time. Lowell was so desperate for an answer that he talked to Denbo through some video device on the computer.
A few months later, Lowell met up with Denbo in Florida for some 1-on-1 work. But soon thereafter, Denbo was hired by the Yankees and therefore, could no longer help Lowell. By this time, Lowell had already gotten a good foundation again and was on his way to regaining his All-Star stroke.
Each chapter leads with an unfiltered journal entry — Bradford obviously didn’t touch these. Lowell talks a lot about his kids and his family life and it becomes clear how much he loves being a father.
I’ve already been impressed with the read, and I haven’t even gotten to the in-depth stuff yet on his successful fight against cancer or the championship rides of 2003 and 2007.
I highly recommend this book.