Is This a Great Game, or What?

From A-Rod's Heart to Zim's Head--My 25 Years in Baseball

By ESPN's Tim Kurkjian

St. Martin's Press

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ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has spent over twenty-five years covering almost 3,000 Major League Baseball games and interviewing about that many players, coaches, managers and executives. 
In Is This a Great Game, or What?, Kurkjian combines his years of experience, uncanny knowledge and deep love of the game, to create a book filled with some of the most fascinating insight into Major League Baseball this side of Jim Bouton's bestseller, Ball Four. Whether he’s explaining what goes through a ballplayer’s mind when he faces a fastball in the chapter "My Face Was Crushed by a Bowling Ball Going 90mph", detailing bizarre rituals and superstitions performed by some of baseball's greatest players, or taking us into the locker room to see what transpires in the clubhouse of a Major League team, Kurkjian’s tales are at times hilarious, other times horrifying, yet always entertaining.
Kurkjian has spoken to some of the greatest ballplayers ever over the years and they have revealed details about themselves and the game they love with a candor that readers won't find anywhere else. Filled with anecdotes and fascinating insight, this is an essential book for baseball fans or anyone curious about America’s pastime.

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Is This a Great Game, Or What?
1My Mom Was My CatcherIt is the best game. Ask anyone who follows it. Ask George Will; he says, "Baseball is the background music in my life." Ask Billy Crystal; he got chills the first time he met Ted Williams. Ask Jon Miller, the best broadcaster in the game today. I once went to his room at midnight in Minneapolis after he had called an Orioles-Twins game. He was playing Strat-O-Matic by himself. "I love the Blue Jays bullpen," he said. Ask the president of the United States. As I went through the receiving line at the White House in 2003, Mr.

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By ESPN's Tim Kurkjian

TIM KURKJIAN has spent his entire professional career covering baseball. He is an analyst/reporter for Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter, a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, columnist for ESPN.com, and a frequent guest on ESPN radio.

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Is This a Great Game, or What?
From A-Rod's Heart to Zim's Head--My 25 Years in Baseball
By ESPN's Tim Kurkjian

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St. Martin's Press
May 2007
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ISBN: 9781429900331
ISBN10: 1429900334
272 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
May 2008
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ISBN: 9780312362249
ISBN10: 0312362242
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
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