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

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St. Martin's Press, May 1, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages

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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I’ve been watching Tim Kurkjian on ESPN for years and have more than once thought, wow this guy has seen so much; he’s so lucky. Well, Kurkjian decided to share the wealth with this book. There isn’t ... Read full review

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Introduction I
Business But Its a Pleasure
Phil Niekros Teeth
Have a Plate in My Head
My Face Was Crushed by a Bowling
Signs Signs Everywhere a Sign
There Was a Blimp in Left Field
The Sun Will Rise the Sun Will Set
Its Ambidextrous Not Amphibious
Angel My Man
Why Cant There Be a Lefthanded
Just Grab That Bat as Tight as
Why Waste the 90 Seconds

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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, and a frequent guest on ESPN radio.

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