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Download As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (612 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Weber Narrator: Charley Steiner Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Millions of American baseball fans know, with absolute certainty, that umpires are simply overpaid galoots who are doing an easy job badly. Millions of American baseball fans are wrong. As They See 'Em is an insider's look at the largely unknown world of professional umpires, the small group of men (and the very occasional woman) who make sure America's favorite pastime is conducted in a manner that is clean, crisp, and true.

Bruce Weber, a New York Times reporter, not only interviewed dozens of professional umpires but entered their world, trained to become an umpire, and then spent a season working games from Little League to big league spring training. As They See 'Em is Weber's entertaining account of this experience as well as a lively exploration of what amounts to an eccentric secret society, with its own customs, its own rituals, and its own colorful vocabulary. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by cheeseblab | 2/17/2014

    " An insightful, sympathetic account of what it is to be one of the men in blue, looked on as a necessary evil by fans, players, managers, and even the baseball administration. Weber went to umpiring school, then spent a chunk of a season with minor league umpires as well as interviewing many who made the long, arduous climb to the bigs (some only to be broken on the wheel of labor-management strife). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ty | 2/15/2014

    " At first I thought this book was a waste of time, but Weber makes a good case that even the most rabid baseball fans know almost nothing about umpiring, despite the fact that umpires are at the heart of the game. As a baseball nerd I enjoyed the different perspectives on famous incidents (Robby Alomar spitting on an ump, George Brett rushing one in the Pine Tar game) but I doubt most folks will love this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jerry | 2/11/2014

    " Any fan of baseball should read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amber Rae | 1/24/2014

    " One of my favorite books! A must read for every baseball fan. Helps you see the game through the eyes of the umpires. Love it!! "

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