Getting in the Game: Inside Baseball's Winter Meetings
Brasseys, 2004 - 279 עמודים
Author Josh Lewin - who started off as a fresh-faced job-seeker looking for a chance at these meetings and now is one of baseball's top broadcasters - follows the efforts of three people who want to get in the game. They want to work in the game they love, to broadcast it, to sell it, to market it - just to be a part of it in some small way. That is the dream.
Lewin reports on the endeavors of those three of the many who came to Nashville's luxurious Gaylord Opryland Hotel, chasing that elusive dream. Told in a real-time diary format, Lewin lets you see their optimism, their game plans, their hopes, their excitement, and occasionally their disappointment. And you find out how they react to receiving no job offers, the wrong job offers, or even too many job offers.
Along the way Lewin breaks from the action to take the reader on a number of side journeys. He explores how minor league baseball became big business, discusses the evolution of mascot performances, and surveys the annual trade show where teams go to find the hot new items for their promotional giveaways and souvenir sales. He talks to a number of minor league executives as they make the decisions that kill and fulfill dozens of dreams all at once and conducts an impromptu roundtable, a "state of the union" discussion with some of the top brass on where the minor leagues are and where they've come from.
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