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90% of the Game Is Half MentalR subjects ranging from the near and dear to my heart topic of being a female fan and female sportswriter to watching broadcasts of American baseball games while staying in Taiwan to stats and why people are still arguing over how accurate they are and so on It s a short uick read extremely smart and extremely funny It s going right on to my reread list as soon as I m done loaning it to everyone I now Highly entertaining personal and dare I say it feminine perspective on baseball I got a real ick out of it Emma Span is a fine and imaginative writer and she writes about the process of writing about baseball and thinking about baseball and caring about baseball with energy and delight She s a bit too self deprecating in these pages perhaps but she is definitely someone I would have a Guinness with and we can talk about Donnie Baseball among others I dislike the Yankees as much as the next person Maybe My husband says I need to let go of some REALLY old prejudices against certain teams Not gonna happen but then Emma Span would understand thisThe book was interesting if meandering While the trail from one thought to the next could get most people lost it was an interesting journey I liked the comedic look and the baseball tidbits but could have done with SO much less Yankees More about being a fan than about baseball itself which definitely worked for me Some of the commentary on modern sportswriting old school newsmen vs blogs etc was enjoyably dated very fun to relive some of those debates for a moment Great work from one of my favorite Twitter

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I got this book my brother who loves baseball and thought I d read it before I gave it to him The reason I didn t rate this book is because about the only thing I now about baseball is that the Yankees come from New York Don t the Mets come from New York too Why does New York need two baseball teams Now you BASEBALL OFFICIANADOS CAN SEE HOW DENSE I AM ABOUT officianados can see how dense I am about I would not recommend this to anyone who doesn t love baseball I think that there simply was so much I mis It was really cool to read about baseball from the point of view of a woman my age even if she is a Yankee fa. Er 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 a devastating wit and an alarmingly encyclopedic nowledge of the game Span offers a new perspective on America’s favorite pasttime as a journalist a baseball nerd a daughter and a fervent stay until the last out fan.

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O see if Paul O Neill was going to beat himself up all night cursing his perceived failures in the was going to beat himself up all night cursing his perceived failures in the terrorizing innocent water coolers I wanted to see how the rookie replacing Tony Fernandez might overcome what I assumed had to be a bad case of nerves and succeed in the big leagues i assumed had to be a bad case of nerves and succeed in the big leagues i bernie williams to do leagues I wanted Bernie Williams to do because I wanted a shy awkward dude with glasses to win one for sky awkward people with glasses everywhereAnd just yes that s it exactly People complain about the slow pace of baseball but for me watching my first game when I was 20 it was perfect The fact that it s one guy batting at a time makes it much easier to figure out who s who and gives plenty of time for the announcers to speculate wildly about his mental state personal life and whatever else seems interesting The moments of human drama were interesting to me than the game at first and gave me an entrance point that got me watching and ept me interested Finally the book is also basically a love letter to New York My hands down favorite essay is Frankie Furter Chorizo and Guido in which Span travels to Milwaukee to see a Mets Brewers game The thrust is that it s lovely the stadium is nice and cheap and the people working there are helpful and friendly The Brewers fans were also nice and totally welcoming to out of town fans happy to give directions and cheerfully inviting Mets fans out for drinks after the game And as she enjoyed herself there Span realized that she wouldn t trade in the hurried rude dirty crowded New York experience for anythingLet me just say here that I understand why people from other parts of the country get annoyed with New Yorkers refusal to see their city as anything other than the center of the world It s obnoxious and dismissive this attitude towards the rest of America grudging respect for LA and maybe sometimes Chicago aside There are lots of great cities in the United States and plenty of sophisticated people between the coastsThat said come on If New York isn t the center of the world what isAnd you now I ve been a New Yorker for awhile because of my nodding agreement Sorry entire rest of the countrySpan touches on lots of othe. Recounts elbowing her way to get a uote from Yankees captain Derek Jeter and waiting for Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez to put some pants on for an interview She literally gives her lifeblood 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 Span wonders if Anyone who makes fun of Yadier Molina is going to lose points You don t have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this one to lose points You don t have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this one were several moments that had me chuckling out loud as the author relays the ups and downs of being both a sports fan and a sportswriter Reminded me of Hornby s Fever Pitch in ways Enjoyable read Let us be up front about this You now I m going to love any book where the acknowledgement section ends with I d like to close by thanking Mariano Rivera Not because he helped with this book or anything just for existing The book is a series of autobiographical essays by Span some about her experiences as a sports writer covering the Yankees and the Mets but most are generally focused around being a baseball fan Span is a Yankees fan who is Mets sympathetic and the book actually spends time on the MetsI loved this book for a bunch of reasons the first of which is that I giggled aloud almost the whole time I was reading it and ept stopping to read sections to my sister The anecdotes are delightful trying to interview Pedro Martinez but waiting for him to put on pants first only to have him never put on pants for example and there were plenty that made me laugh out loud while reading on the subway the look back at the Mets them Our Team Our Time if only because I remember listening to back at the Mets them Our Team Our Time if only because I remember listening to the first time and laughing so hard I cried It s also the only baseball book I ve ever read where I actually identify with it That s mainly two reasons Span focuses mostly on the teams starting around 2003 which was the year I actually started watching baseball so I ve got a much better idea what she s talking about than in most baseball books I ve read I remember Kevin Brown breaking his own freaking hand after a bad start but also because the way she describes watching baseball is something I identify with When I first got interested in baseball and stopped treating it as background noise and actually focused on it it was the characters that drew me in the personalities and the drama than any actually focused on it it was the characters that drew me in the personalities and the drama than any beauty of the game I didn t really care what ind of pitch someone threw or whether a batter had shortened his swing I just wanted 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 collection of 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.


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    PDF KINDLE [90% of the Game Is Half Mental] Emma Span is a fine and imaginative writer and she writes about the process of writing about baseball and thinking about baseball and caring about baseball with energy and delight She's a bit too self deprecating in these pages perhaps but she is definitely someone I would have a Guinness with and we can talk a

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