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By Mychael Urban

ISBN-10: 0471675024

ISBN-13: 9780471675020

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San Francisco Chronicle BestsellerFrom the quick upward push of the large 3 to their attractive breakup, Urban's publication says it all." - John Shea, nationwide baseball author, San Francisco ChronicleDuring the 2004 season, every one of Oakland's gigantic 3 aces had whatever to end up. Tim Hudson was firm to illustrate his restoration from a routine damage. Barry Zito needed to exhibit the realm that once a ho-hum 2003, his 2002 Cy younger Award was once no longer a fluke. Mark Mulder ignored the 203 playoffs totally with a tension fracture, however the method he observed it, he easily had to be himself-the natural-born pitcher.Given unparalleled entry to the large 3 , Mychael city recreates their tumultuous season via their eyes. he explores the nuts and bolts of significant league pitching, reading each one player's new angle to this craft whereas revealing how 3 very varied personalities focus on the calls for, rewards, and demanding situations of activities stardom.Now with a brand new afterword at the 2005 seasonUrban strains the fortunes of the large 3 after Hudson was once despatched to Atlanta and Mulder to St. Louis, trades which held the dramatic promise of them being reunited again-as opponents-in the playoffs."Written with nice colour, type, humor, and charm, Aces takes readers on an enthralling ride." - Mike Silver, activities Illustrated"Mychael Urban's booklet is a superb read... this can be not often only a baseball publication. it is approximately existence, and he great burden each one pitcher carried whereas attempting to lead the Oakland A's to the playoffs. I totally enjoyed it." - Bob Nightengale, Senor Writer/Columnist, united states at the present time activities Weekly"From the southern fried warmth of Tim Hudson to Mark Mulder's cool aloofness to Barry Zito's cerebral wanderings, city captures the engine of Oakland's Little Engine that can of a crew with grace and aplomb." - Scott Miller, nationwide Baseball Columnist, CBS.SportsLine.com

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I guess I’m just starting to believe the hype. I think up to now, I’ve been doing it all on ability. Now I need to step it up mentally and go beyond what I’ve been doing. . ” Anyone who has known Chavez for a while knows that he means what he’s saying, because his next lie will probably be his first. And his willingness to take on more responsibility in the wake of Tejada’s departure is admirable. But his general message seems to get lost. Nobody can get past the “badass” line. Why? Because Chavez, known as “Chavvy” to just about everyone, has established himself as the most approachable and ego-free player on a roster loaded with genuinely good guys.

The 2003 Marlins? Nothing like sending a young horse like Beckett out for a clincher at hallowed Yankee Stadium and having him shove the bats down the Bronx Bombers’ throats. Try to come up with a recent world champion of baseball that didn’t dominate in some way on the mound. It’s impossible, because while you obviously need some semblance of an offense, 41 42 ACES big bats tend to shrink in the cold of October. Extremely rare is the team who bludgeons its way to a playoff series win. Playoff teams are too tough on the mound.

So, rare is the slacker who reports to spring training twenty pounds overweight and needs a month or so in the sun to find his form. The norm is someone like Mulder, who started working out earlier than usual and spent the winter making sure that by the time camp opened, the only part of his body that he really needed to get into game shape was his left arm. “I usually take a month off when the season ends, just to get away from baseball for a while,” he says. 38 ACES “But as long as I’m healthy, I’ll start lifting weights, stretching, light work like that, in November.

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