Baseball is a game that offers something for everyone. It caters to varying tastes and personalities, while offering satisfaction for everyone who enjoys the game. Each person wants to experience the game on their own terms and get whatever level of enjoyment that satisfies them personally, and that is perfectly alright with the baseball gods. Tim Kurkjian has spent his professional life following baseball and has once again given us more reasons to love the game we all enjoy.
I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies offers a unique look at various aspects of the game of baseball. From sounds and rules to superstitions and various quirks, this book gives the reader a glimpse behind the curtain of the mental part of the game itself off the field. It is not something you find often in a baseball book authored by a game reporter.
Under no circumstances is this book to be considered heavy lifting in the literary realm. It is a light and breezy book that moves the reader through the anecdotes quickly. Some of the stories you may recognize as having been mentioned in other books, but they still fit nicely within the confines of this book. If you are looking for a strong literary masterpiece you came to the wrong place with this one, but it really does lend it self to an enjoyable and relaxing afternoon of reading. I mean really where else would we find out why Pete Rose left federal prison and went right to a batting cage.
I tend to shy away from books like this because I don’t always trust what I am getting from certain other authors. With Tim Kurkjian I always get what I expect from his books. His enthusiasm and love of the game always shine through and make the stories enjoyable and add some extra credence to them as well.
Like I said above, there is no heavy lifting with this one. And quite honestly, as many books as I read in a year, a book like this is welcome sight. It reminds the reader of the fun and quirky side of the game as opposed to the big business and on high stress persona it portrays so often. It also gives the mind a break while allowing me to still stay in the baseball realm.
Check it out I don’t think you will be disappointed. It is honestly a couple hours well spent with your favorite sport.
You can get this book from the nice folks at St. Martins Press
I am sitting here on the northern edge of a monumental blizzard that is wreaking havoc on the eastern seaboard. While I am not lucky enough to be getting the awesome amounts of snow that the big cities are getting, at least we saw something out of this storm. In sports and baseball in particular through the last several decades, the media outlets have exploded. Much like this winter storm they have made an indelible mark on our society that may never be forgotten. ESPN especially has made their mark and on sports other than just baseball. Their self proclaimed moniker of the Worldwide Leader in Sports, holds true and may never be seriously challenged. Now there is a book that takes an in depth look at how ESPN became the king of sports media.
Travis Vogan has taken an inside look at how ESPN has come from their roots of showing Australian Rules Football as their main programming and using ramshackle sets to becoming the go to source for all sports information. They found a niche that obviously America wanted to fill and took advantage of that.
This book shows that through their rise in power in the sports media industry they have been able to push agendas, create superstars both on and off the field and also create a rapport with their viewers like no other sports media outlet ever has been able to or probably ever will. They have created a success that will be tough to ever repeat because of how much of a stronghold they have been able to place over the industry.
Travis Vogan has written a very interesting book that gives you the ins and outs of a media empire. I realize they do more than baseball but did include them on here, because they have been able to do some innovative things through the years where the game was concerned. They also have dedicated some serious air time to the sport, in so many different ways that other networks were not interested in doing. They have been a great partner in helping Major League Baseball grow.
Baseball fans should check this out because it is very informative and helps you understand what they have truly given to each and every fan of the game.
You can get this book from the nice folks at University of Illinois Press