BN.com Gift Guide

Getting in the Game: Inside Baseball's Winter Meetings

Overview

Baseball's winter meetings are where dreamers come. Whether their dreams live or die depends on their tenacity, experience, resume, and sometimes just dumb luck. It's where decisions get made on who gets the jobs working in minor league baseball, usually auctioned off to those willing to work the most hours for the least pay. And why? That answer is easy: Because it's baseball. Author Josh Lewin -- who started off as a fresh-faced job-seeker looking for a chance at these same meetings and now is one of baseball's...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $3.54   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Baseball's winter meetings are where dreamers come. Whether their dreams live or die depends on their tenacity, experience, resume, and sometimes just dumb luck. It's where decisions get made on who gets the jobs working in minor league baseball, usually auctioned off to those willing to work the most hours for the least pay. And why? That answer is easy: Because it's baseball. Author Josh Lewin -- who started off as a fresh-faced job-seeker looking for a chance at these same meetings and now is one of baseball's top broadcasters -- follows the efforts of three people who want to get in the game. They want to work in the game they love, to broadcast it, to sell it, to market it -- just to be a part of it in some small way. That is the dream.

Lewin reports on the endeavors of those three of the many who came to Nashville's luxurious Gaylord Opryland Hotel, chasing that elusive dream. Told in a real-time diary format, Lewin lets you see their optimism, their game plans, their hopes, their excitement, and occasionally their disappointment. And you find out how they react to receiving no job offers, the wrong job offers, or even too many job offers. Along the way Lewin breaks from the action to take the reader on a number of fascinating side journeys. He explores how minor league baseball became big business, discusses the evolution of mascot performances, and surveys the annual trade show where teams go to find the hot new items for their promotional giveaways and souvenir sales. He talks to a number of minor league executives as they make the decisions that kill and fulfill dozens of dreams all at once and conducts an impromptu roundtable, a "state of the union" discussion with some of the top brass on where the minor leagues are and where they've come from. For the first time, baseball's winter meetings are captured from the inside. Thanks to Josh Lewin, getting in the game has never been easier. Experience the dream yourself with Getting in the Game.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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."

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574887921
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,401,524
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.66 (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.
Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    Loved IT!

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

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)