Watching Baseball: Discovering the Game within the Game

Watching Baseball: Discovering the Game within the Game

by Jerry Remy, Corey Sandler


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762740734
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2006
Series: Watching Baseball: Discovering the Game Within the Game Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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,, 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.

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 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."

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Baseball Mattersxiii
Part IInside Baseball1
Chapter 1We've Got to Think about the Game3
Part IIIt All Begins with a Pitch9
Chapter 2Pitchers11
Chapter 3Pitches25
Chapter 4Pitching Strategies41
Part IIIThe Batter Swings!49
Chapter 5The Primary Skill51
Chapter 6Hitting it where they Ain't69
Chapter 7Hitter's Counts81
Chapter 8Bunt, Squeeze, and Hit-and-Run93
Chapter 9Pinch Hitters, DHs, and BP105
Part IVAround the Horn111
Chapter 10The Infield113
Chapter 11Defensive Strategies in the Infield131
Chapter 12The First Baseman139
Chapter 13The Second Baseman147
Chapter 14The Shortstop157
Chapter 15The Third Baseman163
Chapter 16Pitchers as Infielders169
Chapter 17Catchers175
Part VAgainst the Wall189
Chapter 18The Outfield191
Part VIOn the Basepaths207
Chapter 19Running the Bases209
Part VIIThe Fields of Dreams225
Chapter 20Looking Around the Park227
Part VIIIThey're Only Human237
Chapter 21The Mental Side of the Game239
Chapter 22Slumps, Streaks, and Errors259
Chapter 23Coming up to the Bigs269
Chapter 24Lineups, Substitutions, and the Bench281
Part IXThe Bosses293
Chapter 25Managers295
Chapter 26Coaches and Trainers309
Chapter 27The Front Office321
Part XIn My Humble Opinion331
Chapter 28Can a Team Be Cursed?333
Chapter 29Days of My Baseball Life339
About the Authors368

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Watching Baseball: Discovering the Game within the Game 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sdave001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll start by stating that I'm a huge baseball fan. I picked up this book before last season to help pass the time until opening day. While I'll admit that much of the information in this book is maybe for people that aren't real familiar with the game, I still found a lot of great stuff. Remy has certainly watched a lot more baseball than I have and he pointed out a number of things that have made the game even more interesting for me. I wasn't expecting a lot from the book but I came away pleasantly surprised. I did, however, get really tired of his phrase "a long way the other direction" (or something like that) when he was talking about throwing a bad pitch.A great book for people that are trying to learn more about the game - a pretty darn good book for those that are already big fans. No, it doesn't get deep inside the game but it does give you a little more insight on the "game inside the game".
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Remy made the transition from everyday ballplayer to a Red Sox tv analyst seemingly without struggle. Every game I watched I would learn more about the game I thought I knew so much about. But he always educated the viewer in a positive way, never in a negative manner. His book is simply for everyone that loves baseball. Each page is complete with insights. Told in his humble tone.