"More than any other American sport, baseball creates the magnetic, addictive illusion that it can almost be understood." -Tom Boswell
I would consider myself an above average baseball fan. By no means am I a fanatic and can name off tons of statistics that are important to the history of the game, but I do appreciate the intricacies of the game. A few years ago I did not like baseball very much, but recently, I went to a few games with some friends who know a lot about baseball and I learned to appreciate the game through them. Now I go to every game that I can.
"The Baseball Fan's Companion" really educated me on a lot of topics within the game of baseball. Everything from infield positions based on various situations: two-outs, man on first, two-outs, etc; to pitching strategies; to types of pitches; to player psychology.
This book will help any person, no matter how much of a fan they are or not, to at least appreciate the game of baseball. Many people just pass off the game of baseball as boring and not interesting at all. This book, if read by those people, would provide enlightenment about the details of the game that make it less boring. They would understand why baseball fans watch the game away from the ball. These people would at least learn to appreciate the game or at the very least appreciate the reasons why people love the game of baseball.
There is something in this book for everyone, including baseball fanatics. I believe that this book is a good compilation of baseball facts, information, and general knowledge. It is witty, clever, and a well-composed book.
I recommend this book to anyone. As the quote above says, this game may be impossible to understand, but with this book, you can come a little closer.
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For the fan who just needs to brush up on America's favorite pastime or the novice learning the finer points of the game, “The Baseball Fan's Companion” stands ready at the plate to answer all your questions.