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Spring Training: Baseball's Early Season Hardcover – Audiobook, February 5, 2003

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Suspended between the grind of winter contract negotiations and the tension of summer pennant races, spring training is a brief respite when the pressure is off, the weather is fine, players are approachable and even Cubs fans can have hope. The magic of this liminal period is captured in this lavishly illustrated homage. Sportswriter Shaughnessy, author of The Curse of the Bambino, recounts the history of spring training, referees the vicious Arizona-Florida rivalry, provides unnecessary information about spring training stadia, and generally soaks up atmosphere ("Touch the players. See them sweat. Hear them swear.") Awash in trivia and replete with anecdote upon aimless anecdote about springs past, his prose is as slow and meandering as the play-by-play for a game that doesn’t count. Reminiscences by baseball stars and writers like Roger Angell and Stephen King round out the text. Half of the book is taken up with a vibrant photo essay by Stan Grossfeld, which captures the relaxed feel of the training camps with pictures of ball players stretching, squatting, sunning themselves, gawking at girls and occasionally playing ball. Fans will enjoy this glimpse into the brief yearly interlude when baseball really is a game.
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A juicy hot dog of a treat for fans, with about as much nutritional value. Shaughnessy writes of the sweet spring of baseball, the play before the season, as it unfolds in both the Florida Grapefruit League and the Arizona Cactus League. He's talking about cozy ballparks and getting close to the players in almost the same breath as he says how all that's changed now. There's a certain amount of gossipy insider stuff, too--Clete Boyer needing the Heimlich maneuver at the Pink Pony in Scottsdale--but, finally, it's Grossfeld's photographs that are the real stars here. They are large, luscious, and gorgeously composed, and it's hard not to slaver over them: Mr. Met with a bevy of cuties; both Pedro Martinez and Mariano Rivera with their arms wrapped in so much ice they look like manga characters; and spring-training parks from every angle, dazzling in emerald green and lapis blue. The last chapter holds short reminiscences of spring training from the likes of Doris Kearns Goodwin and Roger Angell, slow, easy, and unpolished, like spring training itself. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (February 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618213996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618213993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,608,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. Lots of colorful pictures from both the Grapefruit League and Cactus League. The pictures really make you feel like you are there. This book really does a great job showing the reader what the spring training experience is all about.
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Format: Hardcover
The passion of the authors is expressed brilliantly in the pictures and words found in this book. If you have been fortunate enough to have attended spring training you will be reminded of how special the atmosphere is to take in a ballgame in the most informal of settings where players and fans interact casually. If you have never attended spring training this will inspire you to get to Florida or Arizona to experience baseball the way it was meant to be.
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By A Customer on January 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
the book and pictures are fabulous......even for a fan that's not a die-hard.........
This book takes you through memories forgotten and makes you want to create new ones during spring. You cannot go wrong buying this for any fan!
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