Watching Baseball: Discovering the Game within the Game

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Go inside the minds of the players and the coaches with beloved Red Sox broadcaster and former second baseman Jerry Remy as he opens your eyes to the game within the game. He'll take you around the diamond, pointing out the positioning of infielders and outfielders, what goes on at batting practice, the difference between choking up and getting the yips, and much more. Written for both the rainy day fan and the avid addict, Watching Baseball covers the game pitch by pitch and play by play, all in the Rem Dawg's ...
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Go inside the minds of the players and the coaches with beloved Red Sox broadcaster and former second baseman Jerry Remy as he opens your eyes to the game within the game. He'll take you around the diamond, pointing out the positioning of infielders and outfielders, what goes on at batting practice, the difference between choking up and getting the yips, and much more. Written for both the rainy day fan and the avid addict, Watching Baseball covers the game pitch by pitch and play by play, all in the Rem Dawg's characteristic voice: clear, concise, and opinionated.
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Meet the Author

Jerry Remy is an extraordinary broadcaster with an intimate knowledge of baseball that comes from more than a decade as a major league player and more than 2,000 games as the voice of the Boston Red Sox. He hosts the popular Web site, theremyreport.com, and the Jerry Remy chat room on Yahoo, one of the most popular baseball sites. He is well loved by the huge Red Sox Nation.

Corey Sandler is author of more than 125 books on entertainment, travel, and business topics. A lifelong baseball fan, he maintains the arcane art of scoring a game from the stands or the press box.
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Watching Baseball

Discovering the Game Within the Game
By Remy, Jerry

Globe Pequot Press

Copyright © 2004 Remy, Jerry
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0762730757

Why Baseball Matters
Here's the way a casual viewer might see a baseball play:
*The pitcher throws the ball to the plate;
*The batter swings at the pitch and hits a sharp ground ball to the left side of the infield;
*The shortstop has the good fortune to be standing directly in the path of the oncoming ball;
*The fielder catches the ball and fires the ball across the diamond to the first baseman, with the ball arriving a half-step ahead of the runner.

If that's the way you watch baseball, you're seeing the essential action, but you're missing almost all of the inside game: the strategy, planning, and execution.

In this book, you'll learn how to really watch a baseball game. I'll show you how to look at the game through the eyes of a player or a manager . . . or a television color analyst.

On the very simple play outlined earlier:
*Why did the pitcher throw that particular pitch?
*Why was it likely that the batter would swing on a 2-0 count?
*Why had the shortstop moved two steps to his right as the pitch was delivered, ending up exactly where the ball was headed?
*Why did the catcher follow the runner up the basepath toward first?
*What was the right fielder doing coming in toward the infield on a play at first?

And we'll look at much more complex elements including the art of pitching, hitting, fielding, and baserunning. I'll take you inside the minds of the players and the coaches.


The Bold and the Restless
I guess listeners know that I have a not-so-secret addiction to "Days of Our Lives." For me, baseball is also like a soap opera.

In baseball, the soap opera starts opening day and continues to the final day of the season. There are going to be so many ups and downs over 162 games and six months of playing: wins, losses, injuries, players upset at the manager, the manager upset with the players, superstars who refuse to talk to the press, and superstars who talk too much.

In football, you have one game on Sunday and then it is all preparation until the next game a week later. Baseball changes every day.

During the off-season, people ask me all the time who's going to be in the lineup on opening day. First of all, I have no idea what kind of trades the team will make and who will look good in Spring Training. And then three days into the season, the opening day roster could be thrown out the window.

Over the course of a season, we don't know if our star shortstop is going to get hurt, or if our superstar pitcher's shoulder is going to fall apart. We don't know if a guy with a great career record as a hitter is inexplicably going to have a terrible season, or if some unheralded rookie is going to tear the cover off the ball for the entire season and take the job of a veteran. These are the days of the baseball soap opera.


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Excerpted from Watching Baseball by Remy, Jerry Copyright © 2004 by Remy, Jerry. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Why Baseball Matters xiii
Part I Inside Baseball 1
Chapter 1 We've Got to Think about the Game 3
Part II It All Begins with a Pitch 9
Chapter 2 Pitchers 11
Chapter 3 Pitches 25
Chapter 4 Pitching Strategies 41
Part III The Batter Swings! 49
Chapter 5 The Primary Skill 51
Chapter 6 Hitting it where they Ain't 69
Chapter 7 Hitter's Counts 81
Chapter 8 Bunt, Squeeze, and Hit-and-Run 93
Chapter 9 Pinch Hitters, DHs, and BP 105
Part IV Around the Horn 111
Chapter 10 The Infield 113
Chapter 11 Defensive Strategies in the Infield 131
Chapter 12 The First Baseman 139
Chapter 13 The Second Baseman 147
Chapter 14 The Shortstop 157
Chapter 15 The Third Baseman 163
Chapter 16 Pitchers as Infielders 169
Chapter 17 Catchers 175
Part V Against the Wall 189
Chapter 18 The Outfield 191
Part VI On the Basepaths 207
Chapter 19 Running the Bases 209
Part VII The Fields of Dreams 225
Chapter 20 Looking Around the Park 227
Part VIII They're Only Human 237
Chapter 21 The Mental Side of the Game 239
Chapter 22 Slumps, Streaks, and Errors 259
Chapter 23 Coming up to the Bigs 269
Chapter 24 Lineups, Substitutions, and the Bench 281
Part IX The Bosses 293
Chapter 25 Managers 295
Chapter 26 Coaches and Trainers 309
Chapter 27 The Front Office 321
Part X In My Humble Opinion 331
Chapter 28 Can a Team Be Cursed? 333
Chapter 29 Days of My Baseball Life 339
Appendix 349
Index 353
About the Authors 368
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