Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
Whether you’re a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or teaching the game to a beginner, WATCHING BASEBALL SMARTER: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks leaves no territory uncovered. In this smart and funny fan’s guide Hample explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will surprise even the most informed viewers of our national pastime.
What is the difference between a slider and a curveball?
At which stadium did “The Wave” first make an appearance?
How do some hitters use iPods to improve their skills?
Which positions are never played by lefties?
Why do some players urinate on their hands?
Combining the narrative voice and attitude of Michael Lewis with the compulsive brilliance of Schott’s Miscellany, WATCHING BASEBALL SMARTER will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sport–no matter what your level of expertise.
A Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly heralds it as “an invaluable resource for armchair fans.”
Daniel Okrent of Fortune calls it “Engaging… Hample’s book is both deceptive in its simplicity (the basic rules, but also the ten different ways a pitcher can commit a balk) and surprising in its range.”
North American publisher: Vintage
Foreign rights sold: Chinese (Simplified) to Shu Chuan; Korean to Bonus Publishing Co.