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Anyone who makes fun of Yadier Molina is going to lose points. I got this book for 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 know 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 baseball I would not recommend this to anyone who doesn t love baseball I think that there simply was so much I missed because o I got this book for 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 know 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 baseball I would not recommend this to anyone who doesn t love baseball I think that there simply was so much I missed because of my lack of knowledge about the sport.I m a lover of Emma s dad s writing about his farm, his animals and especially his dogs books and blog That s how I learned about Emma s book, on John Katz s blog I m delighted to read other reviews from real baseball fans I think my brother will like the book, even though he s 70 years old and Emma is in her 20s From reading her book and knowing my brother, it sounds like the baseball fans are varied, and can connect with each other no matter what their age or any other demographic I dislike the Yankees as much as the next person MaybeMy husband says I need to let go of some REALLY old prejudices against certain teams Not gonna happen, but then Emma Span would understand this.The 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. Reminded me of Hornby s Fever Pitch in ways Enjoyable read. You don t have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this one There 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. 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. 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 follows. I m 10 pages in and I already can t stop laughing I feel like this book was written by me for me, except for the whole part about how I m not a sportswriter. It was really cool to read about baseball from the point of view of a woman my age, even if she is a Yankee fan. `Free E-pub ☠ 90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And Other Tales from the Edge of Baseball Fandom ↙ 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 becomingThe 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 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 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, a devastating 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 fervent stay until the last out fan