Go inside the minds of the players and the coaches with beloved Red Sox broadcaster and former second baseman Jerry Remy as he opens your eyes to the game within the game. He'll take you around the diamond, pointing out the positioning of infielders and outfielders, what goes on at batting practice, the difference between choking up and getting the yips, and much more. Written for both the rainy day fan and the avid addict, Watching Baseball covers the game pitch by pitch and play by play, all in the Rem Dawg's characteristic voice: clear, concise, and opinionated.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Corey Sandler is author of more than 125 books on entertainment, travel, and business topics. A lifelong baseball fan, he maintains the arcane art of scoring a game from the stands or the press box.
Read an Excerpt
"I remember the first time I walked up the ramp inside Fenway Park and stepped out into the grandstand. The first thing that I saw was the wall, a huge green thing. And then there was the beautiful grass and the colors of the players' uniforms. I was stunned. I guess I still am."
"For me baseball is ...like a soap opera. In baseball the soap opera starts opening day and continues until the final day of the season. There are going to be so many ups and downs over 162 games and six months of playing: wins, losses, injuries, players upset at the manager, the manager upset with the players, superstars who refuse to talk to the press, and superstars who talk too much."
"I have such an advantage over Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, and the other great home-run hitters of our time. I can recall almost every one of my homers, all seven of them."
"Watch the pitcher's body language. Some pitchers lay claim to the mound with a sneer and a swagger. Others seem to dissolve before your eyes, with a deer-in-the-headlights panicked stare when they give up a few runs."
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Why Baseball Matters||xiii|
|Part I||Inside Baseball||1|
|Chapter 1||We've Got to Think about the Game||3|
|Part II||It All Begins with a Pitch||9|
|Chapter 4||Pitching Strategies||41|
|Part III||The Batter Swings!||49|
|Chapter 5||The Primary Skill||51|
|Chapter 6||Hitting it where they Ain't||69|
|Chapter 7||Hitter's Counts||81|
|Chapter 8||Bunt, Squeeze, and Hit-and-Run||93|
|Chapter 9||Pinch Hitters, DHs, and BP||105|
|Part IV||Around the Horn||111|
|Chapter 10||The Infield||113|
|Chapter 11||Defensive Strategies in the Infield||131|
|Chapter 12||The First Baseman||139|
|Chapter 13||The Second Baseman||147|
|Chapter 14||The Shortstop||157|
|Chapter 15||The Third Baseman||163|
|Chapter 16||Pitchers as Infielders||169|
|Part V||Against the Wall||189|
|Chapter 18||The Outfield||191|
|Part VI||On the Basepaths||207|
|Chapter 19||Running the Bases||209|
|Part VII||The Fields of Dreams||225|
|Chapter 20||Looking Around the Park||227|
|Part VIII||They're Only Human||237|
|Chapter 21||The Mental Side of the Game||239|
|Chapter 22||Slumps, Streaks, and Errors||259|
|Chapter 23||Coming up to the Bigs||269|
|Chapter 24||Lineups, Substitutions, and the Bench||281|
|Part IX||The Bosses||293|
|Chapter 26||Coaches and Trainers||309|
|Chapter 27||The Front Office||321|
|Part X||In My Humble Opinion||331|
|Chapter 28||Can a Team Be Cursed?||333|
|Chapter 29||Days of My Baseball Life||339|
|About the Authors||368|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'll start by stating that I'm a huge baseball fan. I picked up this book before last season to help pass the time until opening day. While I'll admit that much of the information in this book is maybe for people that aren't real familiar with the game, I still found a lot of great stuff. Remy has certainly watched a lot more baseball than I have and he pointed out a number of things that have made the game even more interesting for me. I wasn't expecting a lot from the book but I came away pleasantly surprised. I did, however, get really tired of his phrase "a long way the other direction" (or something like that) when he was talking about throwing a bad pitch.A great book for people that are trying to learn more about the game - a pretty darn good book for those that are already big fans. No, it doesn't get deep inside the game but it does give you a little more insight on the "game inside the game".
Remy made the transition from everyday ballplayer to a Red Sox tv analyst seemingly without struggle. Every game I watched I would learn more about the game I thought I knew so much about. But he always educated the viewer in a positive way, never in a negative manner. His book is simply for everyone that loves baseball. Each page is complete with insights. Told in his humble tone.