A quote from the book:
“Don’t you see, Joe Pepitone, Yankee Great? There’s a battle going on right now—a battle for your soul. A strange battle, possibly a pointless battle, but a battle nonetheless. Lou Gehrig versus Babe Ruth, the Iron Horse and the Bambino. Lou’s a good man. Strong, virtuous. Always doing what’s right. Babe — he doesn’t care about repercussions and lives every day like it’s his last. Up to you which way you go. But keep in mind, a man traveling the wrong way down a one-way street — he’s bound to end up like a butterfly in an eighteen wheeler’s path. Flat and colorful.”
And the summary:
Joe Pepitone had it all. God given ability, leading man charisma, and an ego the size of Brooklyn. Yet throughout the course of his lifetime he threw away a potential Hall of Fame career, two marriages, and countless opportunities. Then one night, rock bottom hit him like a one hundred mile an hour fastball....the wrong place, the wrong car, and perhaps the last wrong turn of his life. Alone in a cold prison cell, the roar of Yankee Stadium a distant memory, Joe is visited by an apparition...a vision of a man who claims to know the path to redemption. They will embark on a wild ride through the peaks and valleys of Joe's life, in a last ditch attempt to right the wrongs. Along the way they will encounter the most serious threat to Joe's eternal existence...the greatest icon in the history of the game. A rivalry dating back sixty years has come full circle, and now each man has something to lose...in the battle for Joe Pepitone's soul.
If Joe Pepitone had been a Green Bay Packer, then the Battle would have been between Bart Starr and Paul Hornung, eh?