The Best Seat In Baseball, But You Have to Stand

The Best Seat In Baseball

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The Best Seat In Baseball

I kept feeling I was re-reading Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead with a baseball twist. Gutkind describes the tensions within Harvey's crew as they slogged through their season-long campaign. They joke, they tease, they bitch, they scream at one another. The book moves between moments the crew shares before and after games and moments from the private lives of its membersHarvey, Wendelstedt, Nick Colosi and Art Williams. [...] This worthwhile reprint of Lee Gutkind's The Best Seat In Baseball, But You Have to Stand! reminds us how slowly some things move, how some things do not change. Umpires go on doing much the same things that they always have done, keeping order, rendering judgment. - Daniel R. Bronson

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