Getting in the Game: Inside Baseball's Winter Meetings

Overview

Baseball’s winter meetings have never before been captured from the inside—set against the backdrop of big league owners, executives, and players surrounded by money and beat writers—with everyone pushing to get a little attention, wealth, or talent. Rumors fly, journalists jabber, cameras flash as everyone tries to figure out what’s going on inside the halls of the Opryland Hotel.

Written by an insider who started on the outside, Getting in the Game takes the reader inside the ...

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Overview

Baseball’s winter meetings have never before been captured from the inside—set against the backdrop of big league owners, executives, and players surrounded by money and beat writers—with everyone pushing to get a little attention, wealth, or talent. Rumors fly, journalists jabber, cameras flash as everyone tries to figure out what’s going on inside the halls of the Opryland Hotel.

Written by an insider who started on the outside, Getting in the Game takes the reader inside the scramble to get a job in the baseball industry by following the stories of three job seekers hoping to break into the game as announcers, front office staff, or anything they can get. Lewin also probes the motivations and perspectives of three baseball executives looking to hire new employees as they sort through the piles of résumés, tapes, and CDs to get down to their short lists of prospective candidates.

Told in a real-time diary format, Lewin occasionally breaks from the action to explain some of the back stories everyone on the inside already knows: How did minor league baseball go from minor league to big business? What’s going on in the various seminars? Lewin also interviews a few baseball lifers, pays a visit to the Winter Meetings Trade Show (where teams pick their tchotchkes for their summer giveaways), and tells you about the secret lives of mascots.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Josh Lewin and I share the same optimistic view of baseball. He loves the game, and I have appreciated his enthusiasm and insight since I've known him."

"Josh Lewin is one of the hardest-working broadcasters in our business. That hard work translates into a very entertaining and informative book."

"If anybody can get you into the game, it is Josh Lewin....Enjoy this grand slam."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574887914
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh Lewin is a play-by-play announcer for Fox TV’s Saturday Game of the Week and is the television voice of the Texas Rangers. As an announcer, he’s worked with legendary broadcasters Jon Miller in Baltimore, Harry Caray in Chicago, and Ernie Harwell in Detroit. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism, he’s also a survivor who started off jobhunting at the winter meetings. He lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas.
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Table of Contents

List of Photographs ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
1 Introduction: Why Are We Here? 1
2 Pregame: Who's Here? 7
3 Friday Early Morning: Chaos After Dawn 37
4 Friday Midmorning: A Little History, a Little Lunch 75
5 Friday Afternoon: Midland, Mascots, and Finding an Announcer 101
6 Trade Show: A Celebration of American Ingenuity and Overkill 135
7 Friday Night: A Roundtable, Some Ice Cream, and Then Some Beer 163
8 Saturday Morning: Diving Back In 189
9 Saturday Afternoon: Let's Meet the Candidates 201
10 Saturday Night: Reflection 225
11 Sunday: Multiple Choice: (A) Move Your Bowels, (B) Get Off the Pot 241
12 Epilogue: Where Are They Now? 263
Select Bibliography 277
About the Author 279
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    Baseball as a Way of Life

    Lewin uses wit and wisdom to explain the intricate role baseball plays in the lives and dreams of some people. The story is fascinating and entertaining. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Loved IT!

    Read it in one sitting. Loved it. And, loved the characters. Found myself rooting for them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    unbelievable must-read

    WOW- has quickly become one of my alltime favorite sports books. The author weaves humor and insight and some unbelievable inside info... I regard myself as a big baseball fan, but I never knew I knew so little about my favorite sport until I read this book. Coudn't put it down-- fascinating, riveting, funny... it had it all. I'll never look at the Winter Meetings- or baseball- the same way again!

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