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Now I Can Die in Peace: How The Sports Guy Found Salvation Thanks to the World Champion (Twice!) Red Sox Paperback – March 24, 2009


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933060727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933060729
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Simmons writes "The Sports Guy" column for ESPN.com's Page 2 and ESPN: The Magazine. He is the author of Now I Can Die In Peace, founded the award-winning bostonsportsguy.com website, and was a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. He commutes between his home in Los Angeles and Fenway Park.

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He is, above all else, one of us.
The Ginger Man
He does enough reading of his college books, so to read for pleasure I was surprised, He did not put this book down!
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He is witty, intelligent, and very readable.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By The Ginger Man VINE VOICE on March 26, 2009
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Following the 2004 season, The Sports Guy wrote the best of the many books about the Red Sox championship run. In preparation for opening day of 2009, he has revised it to include 100 pages of updated columns.

Simmons starts the new section with an analysis of how Sox fans confronted a new and uncursed existence. He asks "What happens when your identity gets stripped away, when you get the chance to start from scratch?" He follows this with: a comparison of Larry Bird and Big Papi, coverage of the Dice-K acquisition, the 2007 championship, the Rocket and the Roids, a defense of Manny being Manny and the 2008 loss to the Rays. Through it all, Simmons writing is more about what it is to be a fan than it is about the team or the game.

If you strip away the occassionally on target pop culture references and the more accurately directed humor, this book is the story of the love affair of Simmons, his family and his city for a team. (Part of that sentence is stolen from Ken Coleman's 1967 Impossible Dream narration.) The Sports Guy proudly wears his passion on his sleeve: "I think like a fan, write like a fan and try like hell to keep it that way." It is a lifelong relationship: "You love sports most when you are 16, then you love it a little less every year."

Reading these columns, another diehard instinctively feels an affinity for Simmons and appreciates his commitment, knowledge and intermittant suffering. This is made easier because the author often recognizes when he has stepped across the line that separates the healthfully obsessed from the not quite well (One of his footnotes points out, "This paragraph made me sound like an a**hole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Burt on February 21, 2010
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I do not know if this book will be as good for you as it is for me. I am an avid Red Sox fan, a smart aleck, and born in the 1960's. I can relate to almost everything in this book. I think people under 30 might miss on some of the pop-culture references. I think people less passionate about the Red Sox will not relate as well to some things. But for me, this book is the best.

There are so many places this book feels like I wrote it myself: the rants against Roger Clemens, the love for Red Sox folk hero Rich Garces, the love of Pedro, and the many references to The Godfather and several other favorite movies and TV shows. I live in Chicago and felt former third base coach Wendell Kim cost the Cubs several games a few years ago. I laughed out load reading the section where the author once again perfectly verbalized my feelings (I didn't realize Wave 'em Wendell was equally rotten for the Red Sox).

About 50% of the reading is footnotes. I was put off by the writing style the first page or two. However, once I got into this book, I could not put it down. Smart aleck Red Sox fans, you are in for a real treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Swift on February 1, 2010
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Bought this for my son at his request, he is not a reader! He does enough reading of his college books, so to read for pleasure I was surprised, He did not put this book down! 23 yrs I have never seen him get into a book , but he does like the author , so wanted to give his books a whirl, I bought him the set , the first one he read and took the other back to school with him.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don on January 29, 2011
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I have read both of Bill Simmons books in each edition. I have just finished reading Now I Can Die in Peace, the 2009 updated version and I am extremely disappointed. The footnotes haven't been updated from the last edition and there are many typos. There were many points in which an updated footnote should have been included with his old columns. If you haven't read this before, I strongly encourage reading either the first or second edition. This is still a great read but it's not quite up to par with the first two editions. I'd also recommend both editions of Bill Simmons' The Book of Basketball.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Perez on October 2, 2009
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If you aren't acquainted with Bill Simmons get ready for a treat. This book is an excellent read about the intersection of sports, pop culture, die-hard fandom, and how to embrace said fandom even if your team routinely rips your heart out.

I guarantee you will laugh out loud repeatedly and find yourself in tears (from laughing) at least a couple of times.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Rosenberger on August 9, 2009
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I have always enjoyed the writing of Bill Simmons. He is witty, intelligent, and very readable. This book was very delightful to read. I finished it in three days...and I'm not even a Red Sox or Yankee fan. It is a good read for any baseball fan....
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Bill Simmons is an awesome writer and this book was great! I went on a sort of sports book reading binge over the last month and a writing reviews for all (7) of the books I read, (2) by Simmons, (1) by Lazenby, (3) by Jordan and (1) by Pearlman and they were all great!

What I love most about Simmons' writing is that he is soooooooo funny. I know Lazenby and Pearlman aren't really trying to be funny and they probably could be, but I just love humor and Simmons' writing gets me rolling! Bryant T. Jordan is sort of funny like that too, but in a little bit different way. Some of his lines got me rolling too but he's not as a sarcastic or cranky as Simmons and I like sarcastic and cranky, hahaha.

Anyways, if you like to laugh and even cry-laugh when you read sports books I would suggest ALL of Simmons' books and the Lakers and Celtics books Bryant Jordan wrote (but not his Sterling one as that is super-serious and not funny).

As for my rating for this book "Now I Can Die in Peace" ... I give it an A+ and 10/10 stars for what it is ... but think his "The Book of Basketball" is even better!
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