Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, le Grand Orange, Youppi!, the Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos Hardcover – Mar 25 2014
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“A special book that gives an underappreciated time and place in baseball its due.”
“In Up, Up & Away, Jonah Keri has produced a book that is one part history, one part local legend, one part eulogy, and one part letter to a lost love. The Montreal Expos deserved a book, and they deserved this book.”
—Bruce Arthur, national sports columnist, National Post
“Long gone but it seems like only yesterday. A certain charm attaches to bygone ballparks and ball clubs: Ebbets Field, the St. Louis Browns, the Seattle Pilots—supply your own favorite ghost. But for me, the franchise with the most romance about it is the Montreal Expos. Jonah Keri pays tribute, tells tales, spills beans, and wakes the echoes in this glorious grand chelem of a book.”
—John Thorn, Official Historian, Major League Baseball
About the Author
JONAH KERI is a writer for Grantland.com and a contributor to ESPN's Baseball Tonight. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First and the co-author of Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong. He has previously contributed to ESPN.com, SI.com, Baseball Prospectus, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and wrote the flagship stock market column for Investor's Business Daily.
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Although I was never the biggest fan of baseball when I was growing up, I was aware of the Montreal Expos. To me, they were always there. I do not remember a time when they weren't. They were, for a time, the only professional baseball team in Canada. Therefore I was a fan.
I really enjoyed this book. As I was reading the book, I could remember the players mentioned. I remembered all the seasons, even the season they should have won it all.
I found the book to be well researched. There were a lot of stories that we knew of and plenty that we did not know of. It was not difficult to read. There were some stories that the author spent a lot of time on and others where I felt he could have written more about.
Anyone who is interested in the history of baseball, whether it baseball in Canada or in general, I would recommend this book
The topper to all this is instead of maybe throwing in the Expos' records year-to-year and some cool stats at the end we get an eight-page acknowledgement that reads like Jonah Keri's life story to the top in sportswriting. Seriously? Maybe two pages tops was required to acknowledge who you found helpful. It sure shouldn't have been the editor or the publishing company as they did not do their job in editing this much better and pointing you in a better direction on how to put this together.
Considering the amount of interviews the author apparently did for this book where are the stories? It's jawdroppingly unfathomable how mundane much of this reads and even when it gets interesting, we're off on some other tangent too quickly. Why the rush to zip through each era?
Then there are some unreal glaring omissions. From an Expos-obsessed fan these are shocking to say the least. For example, all '70s Expos fans remember Ron Hunt for his propensity at being hit by a pitch. He gets mentioned once in this book and not in any of the chapters on the '70s. In the lone time he's mentioned on p.Read more ›
The best parts of the book are the anecdotes from the locker room and the narrative of the franchise itself, yet you have to wade through endless details to find these nuggets. Does anyone really care what was the minor league walk to strikeout ratio of some free agent three years before he played two seasons for the Expos in the 70s?
Half of this book could have been footnotes referencing pages of statistics in an appendix and it would have been much better for ti.
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Loved the read. As a life long Expo fan, wished for another 500 pages. Thank you Jonah!Published 6 months ago by Graham Grant
Jonah really captures the essence of the 80s and 90s Expos years, it felt like time traveling back to those days. I learned so much, even as an avid Expos fan.Published 9 months ago by Elliot
Being a fan of a sports team is an intensely personal voyage. As such it can't be surprising that reading another's book about one's team will always fall short. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tom McGreevy
Jonah Keri did a fabulous job at explaining how the expos came to be and along the way shared some great stories of the important individuals that belonged to the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Anthony D'Alfonso
A great read, really enjoyed the book and reliving my childhood memories of listening to the expos on the radioPublished 14 months ago by Chris Blaszczyk