The View From The Stands

The View From The Stands

3.5 4
by Johanna Wagner
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The View from the Stands is both the story of one fan's love of the game and an examination of the effect baseball has had on fans everywhere throughout its history. A collection of stories and insights compiled during the summer of 2002 in each of MLB's thirty parks, The View from the Stands provides us with the fans' perspective on every team and

Overview

The View from the Stands is both the story of one fan's love of the game and an examination of the effect baseball has had on fans everywhere throughout its history. A collection of stories and insights compiled during the summer of 2002 in each of MLB's thirty parks, The View from the Stands provides us with the fans' perspective on every team and stadium in the league, and on the most important issues currently affecting the game. It gives a voice to the masses of people who fill our stadiums, and it explains how a child's game became the business it is today.

This book examines the entire experience of live baseball, from the uncomfortable seats to the misplaced marketing ventures to the incredible feeling of seeing Bonds circle the bases. Baseball touches our lives in so many unexpected ways. By introducing us to the little boys who rush to the edge of the stands in Wrigley, the recovering alcoholic who found a new family at the Metrodome, and many others from all walks of life, The View from the Stands tells the story of our love of the game--what draws us in and what keeps us coming back for more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595334810
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/25/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The View from the Stands It¿s almost the time of the season-baseball season. Warm flat over-priced beer, over-priced mystery meat hotdogs, cheering for an underachieving Mets team, loathing the Yankees, all of which reminds me of how well Johanna Wagner¿s The View from the Stands managed to capture both the spirit and the essence of the National Pastime. Rather deluge us with mind-numbing statistics or sordid tales of ex-players nailing their girlfriend¿s cat to the wall, Wagner chose to attend a game at every major league stadium during the 2002 season, and write about the vibe each town was feeling at the time. Insights abound, and it¿s quite refreshing to have the voice of the fan, finally get it¿s due. After all, what is baseball, without, us? All of which leads to a better understanding of why we root for underachieving teams, and why we loathe the Yankees. A nice reminder as well that it¿s just a game-but man, what a game!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It¿s almost the time of the season¿baseball season. Warm flat over-priced beer, over-priced mystery meat hotdogs, cheering for an underachieving Mets team, loathing the Yankees, all of which reminds me of how well Johanna Wagner¿s The View from the Stands managed to capture both the spirit and the essence of the National Pastime. Rather deluge us with mind-numbing statistics or sordid tales of ex-players nailing their girlfriend¿s cat to the wall, Wagner chose to attend a game at every major league stadium during the 2002 season, and write about the vibe each town was feeling at the time. Insights abound, and it¿s quite refreshing to have the voice of the fan, finally get it¿s due. After all, what is baseball, without, us? All of which leads to a better understanding of why we root for underachieving teams, and why we loathe the Yankees. A nice reminder as well that it¿s just a game¿but man, what a game! Andrew Aber, Village Voice
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was excited to receive this book as a gift. I've always wanted to visit all the major league stadiums, so this was a chance to live vicariously off the author's experience. While Johanna Wagner makes a major-league effort to get to all the facilities, her book is strictly minor league. First of all, it is hard to take her seriously as a baseball fan when she refers to ¿home base¿ and ¿Comiskey Stadium.¿ Every baseball fan knows the batter steps up to home plate and if Ms. Wagner took the trouble to travel to Chicago, she should know she was at Comiskey Park. A vast majority of baseball fans would know that. This book spends very little time discussing the author¿s experiences at the major league stadiums. She spends a lot of time going into history of the teams, material that has been discussed in countless other publications. However, the discussion about the actual experience at each ball park is, comparatively, sparse. If you¿re going to take the time to take in each facility, I¿d rather hear about the author¿s experiences than a lengthy history less about how the Giants ended up in San Francisco or the Braves in Atlanta. At one point, Ms. Wagner lets us know her press pass wouldn¿t allow her to get to all areas of a particular stadium. If you¿re going to spend a season with America¿s baseball fans, spend the money for a ticket instead of doing this as a member of the media. That ticket will get you anywhere a normal baseball fan is allowed to go. There are a wealth of good baseball books on the market. I wouldn¿t waste my time with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A nice,fun breezy read,heartwarming too. I was easily transported onto a mental road trip with this cool baseball fan. The real thing could only be magical.