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90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And Other Tales from the Edge of Baseball Fandom [Format Kindle]

Emma Span

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"Emma Span's 90% of the Game is Half Mental is one of the most enjoyable, satisfying sports books I have ever had the pleasure to read. In a modern journalistic era pocked by snark and sarcasm, Span offers up a riveting glimpse at the absurdity—and splendor—of modern sports. Were this book a mustache, it would be Don Mattingly's—circa 1988."—Jeff Pearlman author, Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys Won!

"Emma Span likes bad movies ("Bats: Human Harvest"), terrible TV shows ("Walker: Texas Ranger"), and--from the perspective of this Red Sox fan—even worse baseball teams (the New York Yankees). But her zesty dispatches from the clubhouse and the bleachers signal the happy arrival of a new generation of baseball obsessives. I still can't bring myself to root for the Yankees, but it's easy to cheer for Emma Span." —Will Blythe, author of To Hate Like This is To Be Happy Forever

"An irreverent, affectionate look at the frequently obsessive, often irrational, totally committed mindset it takes to be a true baseball fan."—Johnette Howard, author of The Rivals
"Emma Span understands what it means to be a sports fan. She writes about baseball the way I wish everyone would write about baseball."—Will Leitch, contributing editor, New York magazine, author God Save The Fan

Présentation de l'éditeur

Yogi Berra once said: “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” But for lifelong baseball aficionado Emma Span, it hasn’t always been that simple. Now, in this winning collection of essays, Span chronicles her love of the sport, from childhood hobby to full-blown obsession, from big break (becoming The Village Voice’s first staff sports reporter in years) to heartbreak (getting a pink slip within a year). She recounts elbowing her way to get a quote from Yankees captain Derek Jeter and waiting for Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez to put some pants on for an interview. She literally gives her lifeblood to see the Mets and hops a plane to Taiwan, home to perhaps the largest concentration of Yankees fans outside of the five boroughs. But after getting laid off and being forced to leave her press pass behind, Span wonders if her passion for the sport will fade. Highly unlikely. Baseball helped Span forge a lasting bond with her father, connect with total strangers, and endure even the toughest times. With a fresh voice, a devastating wit, and an alarmingly encyclopedic knowledge of the game, Span offers a new perspective on America’s favorite pasttime—as a journalist, a baseball nerd, a daughter, and a fervent stay-until-the-last-out fan.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 648 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 194 pages
  • Editeur : Villard (5 mars 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0036S4E8C
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Word Wise: Non activé
  • Composition améliorée: Activé

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Wonderfully Engaging Perspective 2 avril 2010
Par Larry Underwood - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you love baseball in its purest form, you'll love this book from Emma Span. I can't think of a better way for any fan of the game to get ready for a new season. I loved it.

Span's series of essays on the wonderful quirkiness of this sport; from the game's lovable and not so lovable characters, to the wild and wacky fans from coast to coast, to the strange customs (like sausage races in Milwaukee) seen in some venues; Span has a whimiscal spin on it all. This is a most enjoyable journey for any fan of the game to savor.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a girl with a gift and a true baseball heart 30 mars 2010
Par A. Marsh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
As a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan, and as such a longtime hater of all
things New York baseball, I am completely charmed by Emma Span and her love
of the game. Emma is a gifted writer and I look forward to much more by her
in the future. Her knowledge is deep, her anecdotes fun to read, and her
brutal honesty about how the game has impacted her life made me smile and
want to cry.

I can only hope that she is given yet another opportunity to channel her
passion into her day job again...even if it is in only in New York, where I
likely wouldn't be a reader. In the meantime I highly recommend this, her
first book, to everyone who has a love of the game.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Debut Book but has Some Flaws 9 juin 2010
Par bronx book nerd - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is a good debut book although the beginning was a little hard to get through as the author spends too much time convincing us that she is an awkward nerd. Span also writes with way too many parenthetical statements, too much cliché humor and unnecessary use of curse words. She could have used a lot more attention from an editor, as the parenthetical nature of her sentences leave one wondering at the end of the sentence what the sentence was about to begin with. (There is even one paragraph that opens with a parenthetical statement.)

Span's big break comes when her mother's connection to the Village Voice lands her the job of sportswriter at that newspaper. This is a huge leap from writing blurbs for porno and other DVD's. Her account of her effort to fit in and do well as a novice female sportswriter in a male dominated world is sympathetic and engaging, and includes some interesting dope on New York sportswriters in general. There is a general sense, however, that Span is not sufficiently detached from her material, and at times sounds more like a snarky journalist on a gossip web site. Span's writing gains strength when she detaches more from her subjects, and gives us observations less tied to who she is than to the larger world around her. For example, her description of bits of Yankees history or her account of her visit to Milwaukee's stadium, are interesting and thoughtful.

She also deserves a lot of credit for putting her Yankee fan status at risk as she commits the unforgivable sin of criticizing Derek Jeter. She mentions his questionable defensive skills, states that when interviewed he sounds like a press release and claims that he has not said anything interesting since 1997. She also notes that the famous ball toss play against the A's could be remembered as the "why didn't Jeremy Giambi slide" play. All of these observations and opinions are sacrilege in Yankeeland, yet she puts them out there unflinchingly. (She also writes too favorably about the Mets).

In sum, this is a good debut book for a sportwriter with interesting inside info on the world of basbeall writers, humorous observations about baseball and other matters, but with some areas that could have been trimmed and spruced up.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 READ IT! 18 juin 2010
Par Mara R. Altman - Publié sur Amazon.com
I don't love baseball (except for the stadium-procured garlic fries), but I loved this book. Even though fans seem a little psychotic, it made me feel like I was missing out on something by not being one. Besides, Emma is absolutely hilarious.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 cardfanforever 18 avril 2011
Par Martha - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I read this a couple of years ago, and just downloaded it. It is about the best book I've read on baseball from the fan's view. Absolutely dead on and clever and hilarious. I LOVE the last line of the book, just before "about the author" - she is SO right, expressed my feelings completely - thanks Emma Span.
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