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1. Perfect I'm Not : Boomer on Beer,
2. Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beer,
3. Perfect Iandapos;m Not : Boomer
4. American League Championship Series
5. Kinston Blue Jays Players: David
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1. Perfect I'm Not : Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball
by David Wells, Chris Kreski
Paperback: 432 Pages (2004-09-01)
list price: US$13.95 -- used & new: US$5.58
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Asin: B000C4SVS2
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Forget the perfect game. Forget the World Series rings. Forget the legendary carousing, the barroom brawling, the heavy-metal head-banging, and the endless supply of uncensored, often havoc-wreaking quotes. Forget the feuds with dumb-assed fans, wrong-headed managers and the entire city of Cleveland. Even if Perfect, I'm Not was to blindly (and insanely) ignore all those amazing aspects of David Wells' life as a major leaguer, his story would still bounce off these pages as a wildly entertaining and jaw-droppingly honest look at the game of baseball. Nothing less would be possible. Wells simply isn't wired for spin-doctoring. He has no "delete" button. He pulls no punches.In a sport that's now largely populated by a bland collection of well-dressed, personality-free, cliché -- spouting Stepford jocks, Wells clearly holds the title of "baseball's most beloved bad-ass".

From rookie ball amid the beer-soaked, frozen tundra of the Great White North, through Winter Ball amid the easy women and explosive diarrhea of Venezuela, Perfect I'm Not explores Boomer's long, strange, often insane climb through the minors. And from the Siberia of the Blue Jays' bullpen, through intensive training with a brilliant little Yoda known as Sparky Anderson, the book also examines how Boomer grew from a mediocre reliever, into a solid, reliable, hugely successful starter. From there, after tortured dealings with Marge Schott in Cincinatti, and Pat Gillick in Baltimore, the book follows Boomer deep inside the New York Yankees' dugout, right through the teams' fairy-tale seasons of '97 and '98. It stands with David on the mound through his legendary perfect game.

It documents his high-profile love affair with the night-life of New York City, and then explores just how devastating it felt to be unceremoniously dumped for Roger Clemens. Perfect I'm Not also follows Boomer through his chronic back pain of 2001, then surgery, rehab, uncertainty, and one pinstriped Christmas miracle, courtesy of Boss Steinbrenner. And though the 2002 season may have enjoyed a less than perfect climax, it nonetheless rounds out the book with a Yankees reunion that kept Boomer smiling from February, right into October.

Perfect I'm Not gives readers an unprecedented, all-access pass to every major league stadium in the country, providing a first-person perspective of life on the diamond, as well as an uncensored, warts-and-all, insider's guide to life inside locker-rooms, hotel rooms, planes, dugouts, buses, bedrooms, restaurants, titty-bars, and more. It's great fun. It's real. It's as close as you're ever gonna get to making the show.

Amazon.com Review
Perfect I'm Not is, indeed, not a perfect book, but as in baseball, literary imperfection can make for a thrilling ride. Part Horatio Alger, part libertine, Wells peppers the narrative of his rise from poverty in Ocean Beach, California to baseball fame and fortune with numerous prurient tales from behind the locker room door. He is frank about the use of steroids among his fellow players and he's not afraid to burn major bridges (one must assume they were already on fire) in his ferocious attacks on such baseball luminaries as veteran general manager Pat Gillick. And the story behind his woozy perfect game is legend. All this is entertaining stuff and worth the price of admission.

The book, however, falls too often into a pattern of explication and justification for Wells’s "entertaining" run-ins with the law, baseball management, players, and even his own family. We learn that young Dave Wells once punched his sister and broke her jaw, but, he explains, this was because his sister had scraped his sunburned back with her fingernails. This childhood story is then repeated--in a grown up form--several times. In many cases, it does seem that he is justified in claiming innocence--or at least in claiming he got an eye for an eye. But repetition of these explications--which even include bad pitching performances caused, we learn, by nascent physical problems (elbow, shoulder, bone chips, gout, back)--take away his agency in his own story. The hero is always a victim. In the end, then, the book is as flawed as its author, offering entertaining insight--some perhaps unintentional--into the man and his game.

--Patrick O’Kelley ... Read more

Customer Reviews (45)

4-0 out of 5 stars Funny, Witty, and Insightful
A VERY funny, witty, and insightful book by one of the game's true characters. Some of the stories in this book will stick with you for life. His relationship with Davey Johnson was tumultuous to say the least. The head butting story almost made me spit up I was laughing so hard. His account of the night before he threw his perfect game is one for the ages.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Individual But Colorfully Engaging
David Wells is crude, grew up in harsh conditions, and led a life that has been anything but exemplary; big deal; nobody's perfect.Wells makes that disclaimer before the reader even opens the book.We know what kind of tale we're about to read.This isn't a boy scout or the student body president.He's a brawling, overweight, and outrageously funny ball player; and that's not such a bad thing.It certainly made for an entertaining story.

There's nothing heroic about David Wells; at best, he was a pretty good major league pitcher who was good for a laugh.At worst, he was a violent guy who once punched his sister out, breaking her jaw.Folks, no matter how you spin that story, there's nothing cool about that type of thing.He seems to shrug it off, lightly, and I found that more than a little bit disturbing.

So yes, Wells was a flawed individual with a history of inappropriate behavior; there's nothing lovable about him, despite the twinkle he always seemed to have in his eye during his playing career.

However, for sheer entertainment value, Wells comes up as big as his fat belly after slamming a six pack of beer with a pepperoni pizza on the side.He was good for a few laughs, and didn't worry about the opinions of fans, teammates, writers, or law enforcement officers.He did whatever he felt like doing, and said whatever popped up in his fat head.He was colorful, to say the least.

His story was not particularly enlightening, but it was entertaining; at times, downright hilarious.His blunt talk about the proliferation of steroids may cause some baseball officials a bit of discomfort; however, there's no reason to think he's fabricating any of that talk.In fact, the whole discussion about MLB's abuse of PEDs has become rather pedestrian.Tell us something we didn't already know.

Fortunately, Wells sticks to comedy most of the time, and that's where the value comes, from a reader's perspective.He has an engaging wit and even though you know he's not such a wonderful person, he's still a funny guy.Anybody who could toss a perfect game with a huge hangover, commands a certain degree of respect; you just wonder how he would've fared with a clear head.Probably not so good; that's the sort of zaniness that gave him so much notoriety.His book is appropriately insane; yet somehow, it seems normal for this lunatic.

Just read the book and enjoy it; don't try to judge his character.Just laugh along with this colorful character; he provides us withpretty good entertainment value; and that's not such a bad deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Baseball Memoir
"Perfect I'm Not" is a wonderful story about a poor kid who fulfills his dream of pitching for the Yankees. The tale is gritty, and details Wells's many successes and failures, as well as his physical battles with his ever-painful back. In addition, it is very funny, sometimes even hilarious. The humorous parts make the reader really like Wells, who informs us about the many baseball players he knew.
The co-author, Chris Kreski, is a fine writer. There is only one minuscule fault with the writing; i.e., the repetition of a few phrases. "With that in mind" appears so often that it becomes annoying. It actually appears three times on one page. This phrase comes in a few variations: "With all that in mind," "With those things in mind," and "With all those things in mind." "With that injustice in mind," and similar wording, makes the reader wish for some competent copy editing.
The proofreading is generally solid, but there are lapses. We read, "...not the least bit phased" on p. 180, and "Uttering the prase 'weigh-in'" on p. 186.
But these are petty criticisms indeed. So, with that in mind, I heartily recommend this book to baseball fans (which I'm not) and anyone who enjoys the story of a pretty good guy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very funny, surprising &honest!
I honestly was laughing out loud at certain parts of the book!
I think David Wells was very honest on what was written. It really made me see for the first time ever, why he used to get so upset so easy, the fights, the drinking & ect; You get to read how he grew up & what it took him to become the great picher he was. He really went through alot of bad times. The fans were sometimes awful with him. His mother passed away & to they knew how to get him off his game. That was terrible with some fans yelling horrible things about his mom when she had passed. There is just so much to the book you put in this about what i liked. One thing for sure in my eyes, if you didn't like David Wells before, not because of his pitching, but his behavior, READ this book & i think most people will have a change of heart. I know i did. We read things in the paper, but we dont get to hear the rest of the story. So for anyone who doesn't like him, read it & then judge him. It had me laughing alot! He is a very guy also. We just didn't see that. but i HIGHLY recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome
This is probably one of the all time top 10 baseball Bio's in my book. David does a remarkable job of giving you a complete look into his life and incredible career. I would really like to party with this dude he seems pretty cool. He is one of the smartest ballplayers out there today.Finally someone who can appreciate the Babe without putting him down. I promise you a good time if you check this book out. ... Read more

2. Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball
by David; Kreski, Chris Wells
 Paperback: Pages (2003)

Asin: B000OA987M
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3. Perfect Iandapos;m Not : Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball
by Chris Kreski David Wells
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Asin: B000OETKWQ
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4. American League Championship Series Mvps: David Wells, Mariano Rivera, David Ortiz, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, David Justice
Paperback: 94 Pages (2010-05-05)
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Asin: 1155611233
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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: David Wells, Mariano Rivera, David Ortiz, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, David Justice, Orlando Hernández, Paul Konerko, Adam Kennedy, Marquis Grissom. Excerpt:Adam Kennedy item Career highlights and awards item Adam Thomas Kennedy (born January 10, 1976, in Riverside , California ) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Washington Nationals . He previously played for the Oakland Athletics , the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim , and had two stints with the St. Louis Cardinals . He was also signed to a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2009, but never played for the Rays themselves. He signed with the Nationals on February 5, 2010. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com , this precludes the planned position switch of Cristian Guzmán from shortstop to second base School Kennedy attended J.W. North High School in Riverside, California , playing baseball and basketball. He is the son of Clinton O'Stah a former minor league player in the 1970's. He attended Cal State Northridge , where he played shortstop for the Matador baseball squad. He set school records in career hits , RBI and batting average and was a three-time All American . He led the nation in hits as a sophomore and junior. St. Louis Cardinals Kennedy was drafted in the first round (twentieth overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1997. He made his major league debut in 1999 for the Cardinals. Anaheim Angels/Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Kennedy was traded the following year to the Anaheim Angels with Kent Bottenfield for Jim Edmonds . Kennedy matched a team record with eight RBI against the Blue Jays on April 18, 2000. It was the most RBI by any rookie in one game since Fred Lynn drove in 10 for the Boston Red Sox in 1975. In Game 5 of t... ... Read more

5. Kinston Blue Jays Players: David Wells, Cecil Fielder, José Mesa, Doyle Alexander, Gerónimo Berroa
Paperback: 28 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Chapters: David Wells, Cecil Fielder, José Mesa, Doyle Alexander, Gerónimo Berroa. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 27. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: David Lee Wells (born May 20, 1963 in Torrance, California) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher. Nicknamed "Boomer," Wells was considered to be one of the game's better left-handed pitchers, especially during his years with the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. He is one of 19 pitchers to have pitched a perfect game in Major League Baseball. He is tied only with Kenny Lofton for appearing in the post-season with six different teams. Wells was a broadcaster on TBS Sunday baseball broadcasts during 2009. Wells was a journeyman starter for the first eight seasons of his career. He debuted for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987 as a reliever and did not secure a job as a full-time starter until he was 30 years old, despite pitching well most of the time and helping the Blue Jays win a World Series. He was released by the Blue Jays during spring training in 1993 and was signed by the Tigers almost immediately. He emerged as a top-flight pitcher in 1995, when he was 32. After starting the year at 10-3 for the last-place Detroit Tigers and making his first All-Star Game appearance, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for C. J. Nitkowski, Mark Lewis, and minor leaguer Dave Tuttle. He finished that season with a 16-8 record and a 3.26 ERA. At the end of the season he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Curtis Goodwin and minor leaguer Trovin Valdez. In 1996 he pitched then-career high 224 innings but finished with an 1114 record. In 1997, he signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees, his favorite team because of a lifelong interest in baseball legend Babe Ruth. He asked for uniform number 3, and was of course...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=103064 ... Read more

6. Major League Baseball Pitchers Who Have Pitched a Perfect Game: Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, David Wells, Perfect Game, James Bunning
 Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Chapters: Cy Young, Sandy Koufax, Jim Bunning, David Wells, Perfect Game, James Bunning, Randy Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Kenny Rogers, Don Larsen, John Montgomery Ward, David Cone, Catfish Hunter, Tom Browning, Addie Joss, Dennis Martínez, Len Barker, Mike Witt, Charlie Robertson, Lee Richmond. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 190. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: A perfect game is defined by Major League Baseball as a game in which a pitcher (or combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches base. Thus, the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot allow any hits, walks, hit batsmen, or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reasonin short, "27 up, 27 down". The feat has been achieved only 19 times in the history of major league baseball17 times since the modern era began in 1900. By definition, a perfect game must be both a no-hitter and a shutout. Since the pitcher cannot control whether or not his teammates commit any errors, the pitcher must be backed up by solid fielding to pitch a perfect game. An error that does not allow a baserunner, such as a misplayed foul ball, does not spoil a perfect game. Weather-shortened contests in which a team has no baserunners and games in which a team reaches first base only in extra innings do not qualify as official perfect games under the present definition. The first confirmed use of the term "perfect game" was in 1908; the current official definition of the term was formalized in 1991. Although it is possible for multiple pitchers to combine for a perfect game (as has happened nine times at the major league level for a no-hitter), to date, every major league perfect game has been thrown by a single pitcher. Lee Richmond, pitcher of the first perfect game in major le...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=186058 ... Read more

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