In Broadcast Rites and Sites: I Heard It on the Radio with the Boston Red Sox, Joe Castiglione gives his educated opinions on his favorite sightseeing, shopping, and restaurants from coast-to-coast. Yet, at the heart of the book is baseball as seen from his unique perspective and longevity in the booth—from witnessing seven no-hitters to having a catch with Bob Feller; from Roger Clemens' twenty strike out game to the fateful, unforgettable Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. ...
In Broadcast Rites and Sites: I Heard It on the Radio with the Boston Red Sox, Joe Castiglione gives his educated opinions on his favorite sightseeing, shopping, and restaurants from coast-to-coast. Yet, at the heart of the book is baseball as seen from his unique perspective and longevity in the booth—from witnessing seven no-hitters to having a catch with Bob Feller; from Roger Clemens' twenty strike out game to the fateful, unforgettable Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.
Fans are treated to a plethora of unusual details from exceptional games. An entertaining read, with a fresh perspective on our national pastime and obsession.
The Boston Globe
Castiglione weighs in with the anecdote-rich Broadcast Rites and Sites.
Burlington Free Press
This is a niche memior—of particular interest to a certain segment of Red Sox fandom, those who are especially fond of Joe Castiglione, who has been broadcasting Red Sox games since '83.
Castiglione offers an intimate, entertaining, and insightful look at [more than] 30 years of baseball's people and places. Colgate University
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Delving into the inner workings of broadcasting, the author reflects on his memories of Boston Red Sox, the team he started broadcasting for in 1983, and chronicles his career and travel through American towns from coast-to-coast.
Broadcast Rites and Sites is an interesting read for the Sox fan on your Father's Day list.
- Robert Knox
The broadcaster's account of his early life traces a winding path to the fulfillment of his dreams of being a major league baseball broadcaster.
This new book by long-time Red Sox play-by-play man Joe Castiglione (with an assist from Douglas Lyons) is a baseball fan's dream, rich in anecdote, full of humor and vivid memories. If you like baseball, you're going to love Broadcast Rites and Sites. Dip in anywhere and tell me I'm wrong. Better yet, just buy the sucker, tuck it under your arm with your program, and take it to the ballpark.
Joe Castiglione has hit a home run here. You'll feel like you're on the airplane, on the bus, and at the hotel with the Red Sox. Enjoy the trip!
A delightful tour with stops inside the broadcast booth and on the field. From the characters who play and manage the game to the great cities around the league, Joe Castiglione's book is a inside-the-park home run by one of the best in the business of baseball broadcasting.
From high atop the grandstand, this book gives a different viewpoint of the game of baseball—on and off the field. This is a baseball book of history, geography, perseverance, and a thousand facts of life.
Broadcast Rites and Sites gives an honest, delightful, fascinating insight into the inner workings of baseball broadcasting from one of the most beloved, respected and talented of all baseball broadcasters. This is a must read for any baseball fan.
You don't have to be a diehard Red Sox fan to enjoy what Joe Castiglione has entertainingly written. My wife's a Yankee fan to the core, and I had to pry Joe's wide-ranging book away from her. Castiglione might not have been able to play ball as a kid—that's what he says in the book—but he's cleared the Green Monster with this one.
Shakespeare wrote of "Nature's nobleman." This book is by and about a baseball nobleman. Joe Castiglione is a truly fine big-league announcer—and an even better person. Broadcast Rites and Sites etches ballparks, colleagues, the Red Sox's bewitching lure, and the peripatetic life of a radio baseball man. A wonderful read—and life.
Broadcast Rites and Sites is a readily readable discourse by one of America's leading baseball broadcasters, Joe Castiglione, the voice of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. For those with a passion for baseball, it is chock full of perceptive discussions of the past two decades of the game, the Red Sox, and Joe's observations about leading Bosox players. Baseball fans and those who are just plain interested in life itself will not be able to put down this page turner of a book.
Having arrived in Boston the same year as Joe, I have always been impressed by his preparation and attention to detail. The latter is just one of the things that stands out in this book, which clearly shows Joe hasn't wasted a lot of his time in the 21 years we've known each other. A great read!
The Rev. Leslie K. Sterling
This book is for you if you have ever dreamed of being a sports broadcaster. From the parks to the players, from Spring Training to the postseason, Joe Castiglione tells his personal stories about what being a major league baseball announcer is really like. Don't "wait 'til next year" —read it now, and let Joe teach you about the baseball life in the same way that he taught and inspired me.
Joe Castiglione is an integral part of the spirit of the Red Sox and Broadcast Rites and Sites reflects that spirit. Every fan will enjoy this thoughtful look into life in Red Sox Nation, both at Fenway park and around the American League.
New Haven Register
- Joe Amarante
A must for diehard Sox fans.
The Boston Globe
- Bill Griffith
This book captures Castiglione's folksy style and has the same overriding quality he considers vital for longevity in broadcasting: wearability.
- Mike Fine
In fact, his memory is so photographic that he provides a virtual condensed historical document of the Sox since the 1983 season. He gives us vignettes and observances that few could, especially not the athletes, who see the game one way and aren't around long enough to draw any valid conclusions.
Castigilone utilizes his vignettes and observances chronicled in the book to enetertain and inform its readers.
A graduate of Colgate and Syracuse Universities, Joe Castiglione began his major league baseball broadcasting career in 1979 with the Cleveland Indians and has been the Voice of Boston Red Sox baseball since 1983. He is a native New Englander. Co-author Douglas B. Lyons is the author of two previous books: Out of Left Field (Random House, 1998) and Curveballs and Screwballs (Random House, 2001). He resides in Scarsdale, NY.