Can you live without a Bill James bobblehead doll? Probably you can. But why would you want to?
Order Scott Gray's new book, The Mind of Bill James, and while they last we'll throw in the bobblehead for free. Not a bad deal, eh?
A bit about the book:
The Mind of Bill James tells the story of how a gifted outsider inspired a new understanding of baseball. It delves deeply into James's essential wisdom — including the significance of a player's stolen-base record, the influence of batting-order performance, and why teams tend to develop the characteristics that are least favored by their home parks. It also brings together his best writing, some of it long unavailable, as well as insights from new interviews. Written with James's full cooperation, it is at once an eye-opening portrait of baseball's virtuoso analyst and a treasury of his idiosyncratic genius.
One day this past winter the book and bobblehead showed up together in my mail. As soon as I stopped playing with it and showing it around the office — quite a bit later, in other words — I shot off an email to friends around the country. Somehow, I'd survived for thirty-six years without my own collectible statuette of baseball's most influential living statistician, but looking back I haven't the faintest idea how.
There he is now, bobbling just slightly in the draft of air conditioning beside my desk. Boston is tied for first (and leading 6-1 in Baltimore as I write). A week from today, I'll be at RFK to see the Nationals and Astros. Then in July and August, the Red Sox visit Seattle for six (count 'em!) weekend games. Indicators, Bill's nod suggests, bode well for a pretty good summer ahead.
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Dave is the author of Out of the Book, Volume 3: State by State