The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's by Jon Pessah

By Jon Pessah

The superb within tale of energy, funds, and baseball's final twenty years

In the autumn of 1992, America's nationwide hobby is in trouble and already at the route to the unthinkable: cancelling an international sequence for the 1st time in background. The proprietors are at struggle with one another, their decades-long conflict with the gamers has became the USA opposed to each side, and the players' growing to be habit to steroids will threaten the game's very foundation.

It is a tipping aspect for baseball, a vital second within the game's background that catalyzes a fight for energy by way of 3 strong-willed males: Commissioner Bud Selig, Yankees proprietor George Steinbrenner, and union chief Don Fehr. It's their uneasy alliance on the finish of many years of fight that attracts the sport again from the edge and turns it right into a money-making powerhouse that enriches all of them.

This is the genuine tale of baseball, performed out opposed to a tableau of attractive athletic feats, high-stakes public battles, and backroom political deals--with a helping forged that incorporates Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter, George Bush and George Mitchell, and lots of more.

Drawing from countless numbers of in depth, unique interviews all through baseball, The video game is a beautiful success: a carefully mentioned ebook and the must-read, fly-on-the-wall, definitive account of ways an important fight for energy turns catastrophe into baseball's Golden Age.

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How about that father and his son in the stands? And the anxious batboy? Damn. The wind keeps blowing infield dust through the hole, right into the ejected manager’s searching eye. “There’s the pitch. Popped up. On the infield. The shortstop, Bob Bonner, calling for it. It’s hung up in the wind! And—Bonner makes the catch for the final out. The wind played tricks with it again, but Bonner was underneath it to make the catch for the final out. For Pawtucket, no runs, one hit, no errors, one runner left on base.

And so the innings have dribbled like spilled beer into Sunday, with each one some variation of the inning just completed, the 30th. Rochester: groundout; strikeout; strikeout. Pawtucket: groundout; groundout; single; fly out. No television cameras are filming the game, which means that much of what is occurring, or not occurring, will be left to the mercy of memory, that most flawed of recording devices. The rest is preserved in the meticulous baseball cryptography of the official scorer hunched now in the press box, a young lawyer named Bill George.

A while back, maybe an hour ago, maybe a month ago, this inning-by-inning standoff in Pawtucket quietly distinguished itself from every other professional baseball game ever played. It is now, officially, the longest in history. Before tonight, the longest game on record had lasted 29 innings, when the Miami Marlins finally beat the St. Petersburg Cardinals, 4–3, on a balmy June night in 1966, in the low-level Florida State League. a. Dodgers), now gone from Brooklyn, and the Boston Braves, now gone from Boston, yielded to a misty New England night with the score eternally set in a damnable tie of 1–1.

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