September 24, 2004

One Day at Fenway: Steve Kettmann's book recounts the Sox' August 30 pennant race loss to the Yankees last year from the perspectives of "some 25 team executives, coaches, players, fans, an umpire, a groundskeeper and a scoreboard operator." Here's an exclusive Salon excerpt, here's another excerpt, and here's a transcript of an online chat with the author.'s Rob Neyer was offended by the book and thought it's "a waste, both of talent and trees." He published a pseudonymous Amazon review, got busted, and got scolded. (Other reviews are more positive.)

posted by kirkaracha to baseball at 03:01 PM - 4 comments

Neyer later said he's sorry. Thinkubator comments on Neyer's "mouth-frothing mania."

posted by kirkaracha at 03:09 PM on September 24, 2004

None of those non-title links are working. Maybe one of the panthenon could clean them up? Also, there was a discussion about this here.

posted by grum@work at 03:29 PM on September 24, 2004

I fixed the first broken salon link. I think that was only one broken? I can't wait to read it.

posted by justgary at 10:40 PM on September 24, 2004

I heard an interview with Kettmann on ESPN radio during the drive home last Friday. After reading Neyer's discussion about his incident with Kettmann and (see grum@work's link), I can't help but feel a bias against Kettmann. As I listened to him praise his book, I'm thinking, this book is "...a waste of trees and talent." Unfair, I know, but I can't help but think of him as a sneaky no-talent writer. I blame Neyer.

posted by sixpacker at 06:55 AM on September 27, 2004

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