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An entertaining unfiltered memoir by one of the game s greatest most clutch sluggers and beloved personalities David Big Papi Ortiz is a baseball icon and one of the most popular figures ever to play the game As a key part of the Boston Red Sox for 14 years David has helped the team win 3 World Series bringing back a storied franchise from never wins to always wins He helped them upend the doubts the naysayers the nonbelievers and captured the imagination of millions of fans along the way as he launched balls into the stands again and again and again He made Boston and the Red Sox his home his place of work and his legacy As he put it This is our f ing city Now looking back at the end of his legendary career Ortiz opens up fully for the first time about his last two decades in the game Unhindered by political correctness Ortiz talks colorfully about his journey from his poor upbringing in the Dominican Republic to when the expansion Florida Marlins passed up a chance to sign him due to what was essentially tennis elbow He recalls his days in Peoria Arizona his first time in the United States tense exchanges with Twins manager Tom Kelly in Minnesota and his arrival in Boston Readers go behind the scenes for the many milestones of... his Red Sox career from the huge disappointment of the Red Sox losing to the Yankees in 2003 ending the curse in 2004 with the infamous band of idiots including his extraordinary clutch hitting to overcome a 3-0 series deficit against the Yankees to earning a second title in 2007 and a third in 2013 Along the way he was tainted by the infamous banned substances list in 2009 he used his passion and place to fortify a city devastated by the Boston Marathon bombings and he dominated pitchers right up through his retirement season at age 40 Papi as he became so affectionately called gave his fans big hits when they needed them most He was an even bigger presence He was a champion who rallied a team a city and a sport in a way that no one will ever forget In Papi his ultimate memoir Ortiz opens up as never before about his life in baseball and about the problems he sees in Major League Baseball about former teammates opponents coaches and executives and about the weight of expectation whenever he stepped up to the plate The result is a revelatory fly-on-the wall story of a career by a player with a lot to say at the end of his time in the game a game to which he gave so much and which gave so much to him more
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERUSA TODAY BESTSELLERPacked with compelling inside stories Chicago Tribune Teammate is the inspiring memoir from Grandpa Rossy the veteran catcher who became the heart and soul of the 2016 Chicago Cubs championship team In 2016 the Cubs snapped a 108-year curse winning the World Series in a history-making seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians Of the many storylines to Chicago s fairytale season one stood out the late-career renaissance of David Ross the 39-year-old catcher who had played back-up for 13 of his 15 pro seasons Beyond Ross s remarkably strong play he became the ultimate positive force in the Cubs locker room mentoring and motivating his fellow players some of them nearly twenty years his junior Thanks to Cubs Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo Grandpa Rossy became a social media sensation No one however could have predicted that Ross s home run in his final career at bat would help seal the Cubs championship Now in Teammate Ross shares the inspiring story of his life in baseball framed by the events of that unforgettable November night
In this candid and riveting memoir for the first time ever Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world s most iconic game-changing and profitable brands Young searching fresh out of business school Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission import high-quality low-cost running shoes from Japan Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year 1963 Today Nike s annual sales top 30 billion In this age of start-ups Knight s Nike is the gold standard and its swoosh is more than a logo A symbol of grace and greatness it s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world But Knight the man behind the swoosh has always been a mystery Now in a memoir that s surprising humble unfiltered funny and beautifully crafted he tells his story at last It all begins with a classic crossroads moment Twenty-four years old backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa wrestling with life s Great Questions Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him Rather than work for a big... corporation he will create something all his own something new dynamic different Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way the crushing setbacks the ruthless competitors the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes Above all he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike with his former track coach the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman and with his first employees a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers Together harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive transformative power of sports they created a brand and a culture that changed everything more
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history When future NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was still an 18-year-old high school basketball prospect from New York City named Lew Alcindor he accepted a scholarship from UCLA largely on the strength of Coach John Wooden s reputation as a winner It turned out to be the right choice as Alcindor and his teammates won an unprecedented three NCAA championship titles But it also marked the beginning of one of the most extraordinary and enduring friendships in the history of sports In COACH WOODEN AND ME Abdul-Jabbar reveals the inspirational story of how his bond with John Wooden evolved from a history-making coach-player mentorship into a deep and genuine friendship that transcended sports shaped the course of both men s lives and lasted for half a century COACH WOODEN AND ME is a stirring tribute to the subtle but profound influence that Wooden had on Kareem as a player and then as a person as they began to share their cultural religious and family values while facing some of life s biggest obstacles From his first day of practice when the players were taught the importance of putting on... their athletic socks properly to gradually absorbing the sublime wisdom of Coach Wooden s now famous Pyramid of Success to learning to cope with the ugly racism that confronted black athletes during the turbulent Civil Rights era as well as losing loved ones Abdul-Jabbar fondly recalls how Coach Wooden s fatherly guidance not only paved the way for his unmatched professional success but also made possible a lifetime of personal fulfillment Full of intimate never-before-published details and delivered with the warmth and erudition of a grateful student who has learned his lessons well COACH WOODEN AND ME is at once a celebration of the unique philosophical outlook of college basketball s most storied coach and a moving testament to the all-conquering power of friendship more
It s time to get off the beaten path Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world Talk about a bucket list here are natural wonders the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand or a baobob tree in South Africa that s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably Architectural marvels including the M C Escher-like stepwells in India Mind-boggling events like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia Turkmenistan s 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh eccentric bone museums in Italy or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches still on display in Devon England Created by Joshua Foer Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird the unexpected the overlooked the hidden and the mysterious Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is And with its compelling descriptions hundreds of photographs surprising charts maps for every region of the world it is a book to enter... anywhere and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer Anyone can be a tourist ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer more
The founding editor of The Wall Street Journal s sports section profiles the greatest teams in history and identifies the counterintuitive leadership qualities of the unconventional men and women who drove them to succeed The secret to winning is not what you think it is It s not the coach It s not the star It s not money It s not a strategy It s something else entirely Several years ago Sam Walker set out to answer one of the most hotly debated questions in sports What are the greatest teams of all time He devised a formula then applied it to thousands of teams from leagues all over the world from the NBA to the English Premier League to Olympic field hockey When he was done he had a list of the sixteen most dominant teams in history At that point he became obsessed with another more complicated question What did these freak teams have in common As Walker dug into their stories a pattern emerged Each team had the same type of captain a singular leader with an unconventional skill set who drove it to achieve sustained historic greatness Fueled by a lifetime of sports spectating twenty years of reporting and a decade of painstaking research The Captain Class tells the surprising story of what makes teams exceptional Drawing on... original interviews with athletes from two dozen countries as well as general managers coaches executives and others skilled at building teams Walker identifies the seven core qualities of this Captain Class from extreme doggedness and emotional control to a knack for nonverbal communication to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart Told through riveting accounts of some of the most pressure-soaked moments in sports history from Bill Russell s legendary Coleman Play in the 1957 NBA Finals to Barcelona s Figo Game against Real Madrid in 2000 The Captain Class doesn t just bring these events to life it presents a fresh counterintuitive take on leadership that can be applied to a wide spectrum of competitive disciplines The men and women who make up the Captain Class were never the most skilled athletes nor were they gifted orators or paragons of sportsmanship They were often role players who were allergic to the spotlight In short the seven attributes they shared challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like Advance praise for The Captain Class Well-researched wildly entertaining and thought-provoking In The Captain Class Sam Walker presents compelling narratives about the secret ingredient to the greatest teams of all time and quickly makes you reexamine long-held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams together Theo Epstein President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs In The Captain Class Sam Walker gives us important and original insights into the mysterious ingredients of transformative leadership A stunning mix of research and narrative Susan Cain bestselling author of Quiet If you care about leadership talent development or the art of competition you need to read this immediately Daniel Coyle bestselling author of The Talent Code The Captain Class is a brilliant hybrid one-part detective story and one-part leadership book set in the world of sports and dedicated to a fascinating mystery What sets apart the greatest teams of all time I m not even a sports nut and I couldn t put it down Dan Heath co-author of the New York Times bestseller Made to Stickmore
Updated and expanded with more than 80 pages of new content Improve your athletic performance extend your athletic career treat stiffness and achy joints and prevent and rehabilitate injuries all without having to seek out a coach doctor chiropractor physical therapist or masseur In Becoming a Supple Leopard Dr Kelly Starrett founder of MobilityWOD com shares his revolutionary approach to mobility and maintenance of the human body and teaches you how to hack your own movement allowing you to live a healthier more fulfilling life This new edition of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller has been thoroughly revised to make it even easier to put to use Want to truly understand the principles that guide human movement Becoming a Supple Leopard lays out a blueprint for moving safely and effectively through life and sport Want to learn how to apply those principles to specific movements whether you are doing squats in the gym or picking up a bag of groceries Hundreds of step-by-step photos show you not only how to perform a host of exercise movements such the squat deadlift pushup kettlebell swing clean snatch and muscle-up but also how to correct the common faults associated with those movements Frustrated because you... can t perform a certain movement correctly due to range of motion restrictions Breaking the body down into 14 distinct areas Starrett demonstrates hundreds of mobilization techniques that will help you resolve restrictions and reclaim your mobility Unsure how to put it all together into a program that addresses your individual needs This updated edition lays out dozens of prescriptions that allow you to hone in on a specific limitation a nagging injury or an exercise fault that you just can t seem to get right It even offers a 14-day full-body mobility overhaul Performance is what drives us as human beings but dysfunctional movement patterns can bring the human body to an abrupt halt Often the factors that impede performance are invisible even to seasoned athletes and coaches Becoming a Supple Leopard makes the invisible visible Whether you are a professional athlete a weekend warrior or simply someone wanting to live healthy and free from physical restrictions this one-of-a-kind training manual will teach you how to harness your athletic potential and maintain your body Learn how to perform basic maintenance on your body unlock your athletic potential live pain-free and become a Supple Leopard This step-by-step guide to movement and mobility will show you how to Move safely and efficiently in all situations Organize your spine and joints in optimal stable positions Restore normal function to your joints and tissues Accelerate recovery after training sessions and competition Properly perform strength and conditioning movements like the squat bench press pushup deadlift clean and snatch Build efficient transferable movement patterns and skill progressions from simple to more advanced exercises Identify diagnose and correct inefficient movement patterns Treat and resolve common symptoms like low back pain carpal tunnel shoulder pain and tennis elbow Prevent and rehabilitate common athletic injuries Use mobilization techniques to address short and stiff muscles soft tissue and joint capsule restriction motor control problems and joint range of motion limitations Create personalized mobility prescriptions to improve movement efficiencymore
The 1 New York Times bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany and now the inspiration for the PBS documentary The Boys of 36 For readers of Unbroken out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times the improbable intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant It was an unlikely quest from the start With a team composed of the sons of loggers shipyard workers and farmers the University of Washington s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain yet they did going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz a teenager without family or prospects who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world Drawing on the boys own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era a celebration of a remarkable achievement and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man s... personal quest more
The New York Times BestsellerWith inside access and reporting Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built led and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions It took 108 years but it really happened The Chicago Cubs are once again World Series champions How did a team composed of unknown young players and supposedly washed-up veterans come together to break the Curse of the Billy Goat Tom Verducci twice named National Sportswriter of the Year and co-writer of The Yankee Years with Joe Torre will have full access to team president Theo Epstein manager Joe Maddon and the players to tell the story of the Cubs transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball Beginning with Epstein s first year with the team in 2011 Verducci will show how Epstein went beyond Moneyball thinking to turn around the franchise Leading the organization with a manual called The Cubs Way he focused on the mental side of the game as much as the physical emphasizing chemistry as well as statistics To accomplish his goal Epstein needed manager Joe Maddon... an eccentric innovator as his counterweight on the Cubs bench A man who encourages themed road trips and late-arrival game days to loosen up his team Maddon mixed New Age thinking with Old School leadership to help his players find their edge The Cubs Way takes readers behind the scenes chronicling how key players like Rizzo Russell Lester and Arrieta were deftly brought into the organization by Epstein and coached by Maddon to outperform expectations Together Epstein and Maddon proved that clubhouse culture is as important as on-base-percentage and that intangible components like personality vibe and positive energy are necessary for a team to perform to their fullest potential Verducci chronicles the playoff run that culminated in an instant classic Game Seven He takes a broader look at the history of baseball in Chicago and the almost supernatural element to the team s repeated loses that kept fans suffering but also served to strengthen their loyalty The Cubs Way is a celebration of an iconic team and its journey to a World Championship that fans and readers will cherish for years to come more
A New York Times Bestseller in Sports and Travel The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools covering combustion devices containers and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness Inside you ll also discover detailed information on Choosing the right items for your kit Manufacturing needed tools and supplies Collecting and cooking food Protecting yourself from the elements With Canterbury s guidance you ll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation you ll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you ve never imagined
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