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Garlic Fries and Baseball: The Book Paperback – August 12, 2011
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About the Author
Ronni Redmond is a blogger who was exposed to baseball 24/7 by her dad, when she was a kid growing up in the pacific northwest. She has a trusty dependable laptop, a Pomeranian who adores her, an unending supply of opinions and season tickets to the San Francisco Giants ball games. Her husband regularly travels with her to games, dragging along the cameras and notebooks, helping to maintain her credibility as a true baseball fan.
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Redmond has opinions about the game, as anyone who follows her blog knows, but the book is careful to point out opposing views as well. This not a stat book, although several choice tidbits are included. I particularly enjoyed her inclusion of "Casey' Revenge" by Grantland Rice in Chapter 21. Every baseball fan knows the famous "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer, but few know about the sequel. The book is also sprinkled with quotes from the greats of the game. Discover what Mickey Mantle said about his phenomenal career at bat.
Redmond also takes us on a 10 day pilgrimage to some of the most storied parks in baseball from a true fan's point of view. Her descriptions of what she liked about the parks, what food to eat (some recipes included), descriptions of the fans etc., will make any fan want to make the trip themselves. She writes with the knowledge of a true student of the game, yet maintains the wide-eyed reverence of that 15 year old girl seeing her first major league game in 1958.
A must read for baseball fans everywhere!
Author Ronni Redmond isn't just her season spent rooting for the 2010 San Francisco Giants it really about her love of the game. She talks about a baseball road trip she took visiting Boston, New York Washington DC, Baltimore, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Pittsburgh. Redmond talks about her experiences in each of the cities and at the games.
She talks about the road trips in chronological order describing the places she visited in the city, the ball park, the fans, the schedule to get to the next city, the tour company that put it on. The anecdotal stories are in no particular order but that's ok. It just makes wondering what the next chapter is going to be about that much more fun.
Also included are some interesting random musings about baseball and some players like what does defensive indifference mean or why did Joe Maur do a head and shoulders commercial.
She includes several recipes for baseball food like Garlic fries, what the best foods are at each of the parks she visited.
Redmond writes a blog about baseball that's also fairly entertaining. She answers some guestions and asks others and in some cases she uses them in this book.
There aren't really many baseball stats here it's just about the fun and enjoyment of baseball.
Redmond's writing style is expressive, her love of the game really comes though. It's written from a view point of a fan sitting in the stands.
For those people that aren't fans of the game and can't understand why people are fans of the game this is the perfect book to pickup. Personally I enjoyed Garlic Fries and baseball immensely.
When she wrrites about her baseball vacation I get jealous...because I would love to go on the same trip! Also interspersed in the book are other itmes relatednto baseball such as poems and some great recipes. I tried the one for the title food, garlic fries and they are to die for!
Being a hard core fan I purchased the book hoping for a little more stats and such. But once I read a few stories and got the feel of the book I really enjoyed it. Now if only my Twins instead of her Giants won it all in 2010....