The Game From Where I Stand

The Game From Where I Stand

A Ballplayer's Inside View

Book - 2010
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An insider's revealing look at the hidden world of major league baseball

Doug Glanville, a former major league outfielder and Ivy League graduate, draws on his nine seasons in the big leagues to reveal the human side of the game and of the men who play it.

In The Game from Where I Stand , Glanville shows us how players prepare for games, deal with race and family issues, cope with streaks and slumps, respond to trades and injuries, and learn the joyful and painful lessons the game imparts. We see the flashpoints that cause misunderstandings and friction between players, and the imaginative ways they work to find common ground. And Glanville tells us with insight and humor what he learned from Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling, and other legendary and controversial stars.

In his professional career, Glanville experienced every aspect of being a player--the first-round pick, the prospect, the disappointment, the can't-miss, the cornerstone, the veteran, the traded, the injured, the comeback kid. His eye-opening book gives fans a new level of understanding of day-to-day life in the big leagues. 

Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780805091595
Characteristics: xix, 276 p. ;,25 cm.

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Karen5Lund May 04, 2012

According to the old adage, "The smaller the ball, the better the writing."

There are many excellent books about baseball, but not many written by players themselves. Indeed, the best books are about baseball in general; player biographies tend to fall into the extremes of glorifying supposed heroes or uncovering skeletons in the closet.

Glanville's book is neither. It's an insightful and funny look at what playing the game professionally is like, with inside tid-bits for fans (like me) who have never noticed what umpires do when the ball is in play.

Glanville's road to the majors is neither heroic--he grew up in middle-class suburbia and went to an ivy league college--nor scandalous--his playing weight was 175 lbs and his drug of choice cabernet. His story is about baseball the way I grew up with it, before free agency and steroids eclipsed box scores.

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