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I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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"Don’t read this book on a night flight – your laughter will keep the whole plane awake. A delightful, insightful font of baseball lore, wisdom and, above all, dazzling humor. Tim Kurkjian’s life is baseball – and after reading this wonderful book, you’ll wish it was yours." - Dr. Charles Krauthammer
"Tim Kurkjian’s enthusiasm for all things baseball is infectious . . . . Through his tireless reporting, Kurkjian has come to know every nook and cranny of the game, and comes armed with a full arsenal of hilarious anecdotes. When not sharing rib-tickling stories, he delves into a variety of insider topics." ―The Christian Science Monitor
About the Author
TIM KURKJIAN has been a baseball writer, reporter, analyst and host at ESPN for over 18 years. A senior writer at ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he has been a regular on Baseball Tonight and Sportscenter for all 18 years. He is the author of Is This a Great Game, or What? and I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies.
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I found Mr. Kurkjian's book to be fun to read, and I recommend it strongly for any fan of the grand ol' game.
"I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love" consists of 15 chapters that each read as if it could stand alone. And each is basically a love letter to the game and many provide insights and interesting anecdotes, often in the players' on words. The book starts a little slow with Kurkjian's somewhat repetitive homage to what a great and difficult game baseball is (he's right), to include interesting and insightful chapters on what it's like to get hit by a pitch, superstitions, and of course, sacrifice flies. The chapter on baseball's unwritten rules is particularly interesting as is his obsessive compulsion with box scores and what he calls "Quirkjians" (odd, unique, interesting occurrences in the game). There is plenty of self-deprecating humor sprinkled throughout--the ESPN chapter a fine example. His interactions with John Kruk, Buck Showalter, and Terry Francona are all entertaining. The story about major league catcher (currently in minors with the Durham Bulls) J.P. Arencibia doing his impression of Kurkjian is hilarious (the video is worth watching and can easily be found online).
Kurkjian's writing in this book is conversational and a lot of that is the result of much of this book being told in the words the players, coaches, broadcasters, official scorers, and others themselves and Kurkjian recounts one interesting encounter after another. Occasionally it's difficult to keep up when he refers to players by their last name only after introducing so many additional players on the pages in between. This is truly a minor complaint as Kurkjian's book is a wonderfully entertaining and informing read. Truly joyous.
This is a small-bites book (appropriate for Kurkjian), in that the chapters and the stories are all short (rim shot). You will not get bored, because Tim doesn't stay with any one topic very long. I suspect those who are not insiders will find some of the stories and insights eye-opening, in the sense of, "Hmm, I didn't know ballplayers were like that."
My wife saw the title and asked why he's fascinated by sacrifice flies, and I replied, "Well, he points out some unusual things that have happened with sacrifice flies, but the chapter on that is only six pages long, so I guess he's not completely obsessed with them."
Tim is also fascinated by statistics and baseball minutiae, so be prepared for things that make you go, "Huh!"
It's not exactly fine baseball literature like "The Boys of Summer" or a ground-breaking insider's saga like "Ball Four," but it's a good airplane read. I got an "advance uncorrected proof," so it wouldn't be fair to criticize capitalization or punctuation errors (I guess I just did anyway), but I did notice that some of his little tidbits are repeated in different chapters, probably because some of the chapters were previously published as separate articles. I'm sure they'll edit out the redundancies and it will read like a dream when you get your copy.
Other times its good
But worth read-not as funny as some might think
if you played or coached from HS up this is not that great
if you wished you played or got cut from ur middle school team this book is awesome
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