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90 Percent of the Game Is Half Mental: And Other Tales from the Edge of Baseball Fandom

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Yogi Berra once said: If you come to a fork in the road, take it. But for lifelong baseball aficionado Emma Span, it hasn't always been that simple. Now, in this winning collectionof essays, Span chronicles her love of the sport, from childhood hobby to full-blown obsession, from big break (becoming The Village Voice's first staff sports reporter in years) to heartbreak(getting a pink slip within a year). She recounts elbowing her way to get a quote from Yankees captain Derek Jeter and waiting for Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez to put some pants on for an interview. She literally gives herlifeblood to see the Mets and hops a plane to Taiwan, home to perhaps the largest concentration of Yankees fans outside of the five boroughs. But after getting laid off and being forced to leave her press pass behind, Spanwonders if her passion for the sport will fade. Highly unlikely. Baseball helped Span forge a lasting bond with her father, connect with total strangers, and endure even the toughest times. With a fresh voice, adevastating wit, and an alarmingly encyclopedic knowledge of the game, Span offers a new perspective on America's favorite pasttime--as a journalist, a baseball nerd, a daughter, and a ferventstay-until-the-last-out fan.

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When hired at The Village Voice as the first full-time sportswriter in years assigned to cover both metro NY major-league baseball teams, the author became fascinated by the complex and passionate nature of each team's fan base and how each reflected a different aspect of the city and its people.

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Emma Span has written about baseball for the Village Voice, Slate, the New York Press, and popular blogs like Bronx Banter, among many other publications; yet when she appeared on Jeopardy in the fall of 2009, she missed an easy question about Mickey Mantle (claiming that the buzzer timing was really tricky). She graduated from Yale University in 2003 and now lives in Brooklyn. This is her first book.

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ISBN:
9780345504876
Subtitle:
And Other Tales from the Edge of Baseball Fandom
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Span, Emma
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball - General
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main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100323
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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"Synopsis" by , When hired at The Village Voice as the first full-time sportswriter in years assigned to cover both metro NY major-league baseball teams, the author became fascinated by the complex and passionate nature of each team's fan base and how each reflected a different aspect of the city and its people.
"Synopsis" by , Emma Span has written about baseball for the Village Voice, Slate, the New York Press, and popular blogs like Bronx Banter, among many other publications; yet when she appeared on Jeopardy in the fall of 2009, she missed an easy question about Mickey Mantle (claiming that the buzzer timing was really tricky). She graduated from Yale University in 2003 and now lives in Brooklyn. This is her first book.

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