Watching Baseball

Overview

A thoughtful and incisive guide to baseball from Red Sox Broadcaster and former all-star second baseman Jerry Remy.

Updated with Remy’s analysis of the Red Sox 2007 World Series Victory
 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, revealing the difference between fastballs and ...

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Overview

A thoughtful and incisive guide to baseball from Red Sox Broadcaster and former all-star second baseman Jerry Remy.

Updated with Remy’s analysis of the Red Sox 2007 World Series Victory
 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, revealing the difference between fastballs and sliders, how hitters work the count, the defensive strategies of infielders, what base stealers are thinking during a pitch, and how catchers and pitchers call a game. 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 inimitable voice: clear, concise, and opinionated.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a real baseball book, written by an alert, articulate veteran of the game."
Boston Globe
 
"It's filled with insights about the intricacies of the game and anecdotes about its players and managers."
Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
"Jerry Remy is an extraordinary broadcaster. He makes the victories sweeter and soothes me when the Red Sox suffer a defeat. He's a great analyst."
— Thomas C. Werner, Chairman, Boston Red Sox
 
 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762748013
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: Fourth
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,422,740
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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 2,200 games as the voice of the Boston Red Sox. He hosts the popular Web site, www.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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Read an Excerpt

"I remember the first time I walked up the ramp inside Fenway Park and stepped out into the grandstand. The first thing that I saw was the wall, a huge green thing. And then there was the beautiful grass and the colors of the players' uniforms. I was stunned. I guess I still am."

"For me baseball is ... like a soap opera. In baseball the soap opera starts opening day and continues until 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."

"I have such an advantage over Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, and the other great home-run hitters of our time. I can recall almost every one of my homers, all seven of them."

"Watch the pitcher's body language. Some pitchers lay claim to the mound with a sneer and a swagger. Others seem to dissolve before your eyes, with a deer-in-the-headlights panicked stare when they give up a few runs."

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Table of Contents


Foreword     x
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Why Baseball Matters     xv
Inside Baseball     1
We've Got to Think About the Game     3
It All Begins with a Pitch     9
Pitchers     11
Pitches     21
Pitching Strategies     35
The Batter Swings!     41
The Primary Skill     43
Hitting it Where They Ain't     59
Hitter's Counts     69
Bunt, Squeeze, and Hit-and-Run     79
Pinch Hitters, DHS, and BP     87
Around the Horn     93
The Infield     95
Defensive Strategies in the Infield     109
The First Baseman     115
The Second Baseman     121
The Shortstop     129
The Third Baseman     133
Pitchers as Infielders     139
Catchers     145
Against the Wall     155
The Outfield     157
On the Base Paths     169
Running the Bases     171
The Fields of Dreams     183
Looking Around the Park     185
They're Only Human     193
The MentalSide of the Game     195
Slumps, Streaks, and Errors     211
Coming Up to the Bigs     219
Lineups, Substitutions, and the Bench     229
The Bosses     239
Managers     241
Coaches and Trainers     253
The Front Office     263
In My Humble Opinion     269
2004: The Curse is [characters not reproducible]     271
The Championship Season     285
Return to the Promised Land     309
2007: Solid All the Way     311
We Don't Need no Stinkin' Wild Card     333
Days of My Baseball Life     377
Jerry Remy     385
Index     389
About the Authors     404
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