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Nine Innings Paperback – April 10, 2000
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"Informative and amusing . . . we get a little bit of everything and a lot of entertainment." - Christopher Lehmann-Haupt The New York Times
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Okrent discusses the hidden side of the June 10th game. More interestingly, Okrent also explains the past decisions that had built the 1982 Brewers. He goes back to Brewers owner Bud Selig's purchase of the bankrupt Seattle Pilots in 1970 , the team's move to Milwaukee, and all of Selig's efforts to build a winner.
Nine Innings is lively and easy to read at just 260 pages. Okrent excels at writing short, interesting portraits of the people in the book. (Interestingly, he writes of beloved Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker - "With the players, he was always charming; at other times, though, he could be brutally cold" (pp. 233-234)). On occasion, Okrent's prose can be a little too flowery, but - on the whole - the book is well written.
As a kid in the 1980s, I loved baseball. Nine Innings brought back so many memories of players I had admired, but long forgotten: Don Money, Ted Simmons, Ben Oglivie, and so many others. The book reminded me of the wonder that I felt at baseball before I became a middle-aged cynic :)
Any baseball fan - regardless of age - will enjoy Nine Innings.
Unlike Moneyball, which I recommend that everyone reads whether or not they are baseball fans (and if you haven't read it yet, shame on you. go get it now), I don't think Nine Innings would appeal to anyone who is not already a baseball fan. Or maybe a Milwaukeean. But if you are, I suggest you find this book
But the game's meaninglessness, on the surface, would seem to make this a tediously boring read. To the contrary, it is a fascinating look into the world of baseball in any generation and makes you realize that the sport is made up of much more than the simple, routine actions that take place on the field. Okrent also makes clear the importance of each of these actions - individual pitches, defensive positioning and in-game managerial decisions - by discussing and analyzing the thought processes of making each crucial choice.
But the more interesting aspect of the book is the off-the-field components that Okrent deals with in similar depth and interest. He discusses the anatomy of an individual trade, delves into the art of player scouting, and writes much about the baseball media, including Milwaukee's beat writers and the club's radio network. As the book's introduction said, the on-field happenings are really nothing more than the tip of the iceberg and Okrent convincingly backs up this statement.
Additionally, his afterword, written in early 2000, is an incredibly insightful closing which will comfort those who have grown discontented with the changing face of baseball and will interest those who still love it for what it is.
Okrent did a teriffic job with Nine Innings and the product that he put out on the table is a book that any baseball fan will love and should step up to the plate to.
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Classic analysis of what's really going on in a professional baseball game.Published 2 months ago by LimaBN
A great book for a fan who simply loves the game. Set aside all the promotional crap and ego surrounding contemporary baseball, sit back and read about the game as it is played and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stuart A Seidel
The play-by-play analysis of this 1982 game is just one part of this book. I enjoyed even more the stories that helped describe things like the winter meetings, blockbuster trades,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by margo
Excellent Book! In many ways it could be considered a history (given when the game in question was played). Read morePublished 16 months ago by S. Conner
First off, I'm already a fan of Dan Okrent. His style and wit really come out in this book. The man who gave the world Roto-League Baseball does a brilliant job laying down the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Seth Pohorence
The story within the story, absolutely exciting book. An entire season is decided within one game. I highly recommend this to any baseball fanPublished on January 21, 2014 by Jay T. Mckee
If you are a baseball fan or not, you are going to get a lot out of this book. According to several ex major league players I've talked to this is such a factual book you will soak... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Bookluvah