- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atria; First Edition edition (August 31, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743483650
- ISBN-13: 978-0743483650
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,257,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One Day at Fenway: A Day in the Life of Baseball in America Hardcover – August 31, 2004
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A book about a year-old, regular-season baseball game doesnt seem like it would contain much suspense, but Kettmanns account of the August 30, 2003 contest between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees is engrossing. With help from a team of researchers who watched the game alongside selected fans, players and front-office personnel from both ballclubs, Kettmann presents the action from multiple points of view, cutting around Fenway Park in an almost cinematic fashion and drawing readers in even though the outcome is foregone (10-7 Yankees). As the game unfolds, readers meet famous people and ordinary fans, among them former Senator George Mitchell, film directors Spike Lee and Peter Farrelly, Boston general manager Theo Epstein, Sox owner John Henry, Fenway Park scoreboard operator Rich Maloney and a Yankee rooter who plans to propose to his girlfriend on the giant video screen. Not all the commentary offered by these observers is insightful, but it makes for a remarkably vivid recreation of a day at Fenway. Thanks to the diverse cast, readers also learn fascinating tidbits about everything from grounds keeping, to Japanese superstitions, to the methods outfielders use to track fly balls. It helps that this game has a great back-storytwo rival teams playing in a historic ballpark with a pennant on the lineand Kettmann, a sportswriter and Red Sox fan, has a knack for conveying the tensions that build throughout the afternoon. He also has a great eye for detail, describing the way pitcher Andy Pettitte wipes his face with his shoulder and the laughter that erupts when hulking outfielder Ruben Sierra jokingly works out at shortstop. Though Kettmanns smug, innuendo-laced comments about certain players alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs are off-putting, this is a small flaw in an otherwise riveting book.
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Jonathan Cohn, Senior Editor, "The New Republic"No rivalry in sports is as intense as the Red Sox and Yankees, and no year in that rivalry was as intense as 2003. In "One Day at Fenway," Steve Kettman has picked out the season's quintessential game and reconstructed it so vividly that you feel like you're right in the dugout with the players, hanging on every pitch. Whether you're a fan of good baseball or just good storytelling, this is a book you'll want to read.
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it certainly reflects the influence of the sport on those participating in or embracing the sport. It provides an entertaining look at the game from many different aspects. For any follower of the sport this is a good read.
This book is a must read. The detail included in the stories is mind boggling. It tells you just what Joe Torre was thinking during a pitching change, or John Henry during breakfast, or random fan as he's driving to the game. It was like watching golf on television, but fun. As the round goes on, the coverage jumps from golfer to golfer in such a way that you can see the whole round with several golfers. In the same way, you can read the same game while jumping from subject to subject. In the end, the total is so much more than the sum of the parts. The fact that the game happened to be one that I was lucky enough to attend was a nice little bonus in my case. In any event, this book comes highly recommended.
The second Yankee that gets a free pass is Brian Cashman. When Spike Lee is asked to throw out the first ball at Fenway wearing a Jeter jersey, Cashman opines that this would NEVER happen at Yankee stadium, i.e., a Sox fan in a Sox jersey would never throw out the first ball at Yankee Stadium. Cashman infers that the Yankees are very concerned about the sanctity of their field. Cashman, like all Yankees, prefers to have a selective memory when it comes to Yankee history. When they rehash the 26 championships they reach all the way back to 1921 and cherry pick the glory years from then to the present, and I'll give them the fact that there were many. But unfortunately for the Yankees, their history includes the late 1960s and early 70s. And unfortunately for Cashman, it includes a Carl Yaztremski Day that was held AT YANKEE STADIUM in 1967 where Carl Yaztremski was presented with a car by the Yankees with Massachusetts license plates that said YAZ #8. Now, as a Red Sox fan, unlike Cashman, I can honestly tell you that will never happen at Fenway with any Yankee and never DID happen. Had Kettman done his research he could have pushed Mssrs. Lee and Cashman on their failings, but failed to do so. All that being said it was a wonderful book and 2004 was a wonderful season. The Yankees choked and the Red Sox won it all. I know the book takes place in 2003, but I just had to mention 2004. Go Sox!