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

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3.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 5 3.91 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bruce Weber Narrator: Charley Steiner Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/23/2014

    " Great read for baseball fans! This adult nonfiction title makes you think about the umps and how we don't think about them much! Which is true. We like swearing at them though. And I usually end up admitting that they are right when I see the replay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/12/2014

    " I love baseball books. This was incredibly interesting about what it takes to become an umpire, how important they are, and the behind the scenes anecdotes. I went to a major league game after reading this and found myself watching the umpires as much as any of the players looking for their mechanics, position, etc. I love it when a book changes your whole perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Mccool | 1/5/2014

    " Not so much about major league umpires but what young umpires go through to get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Kimmel | 1/5/2014

    " Nice behind the scenes look at umpiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/3/2013

    " research and good reads between the covers--can't wait "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rob Rausch | 11/29/2013

    " Interesting look inside the world of umpires, but incredibly slow reading - excrutiating detail, even for a baseball fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 11/14/2013

    " It took about 100 pages to get interesting. But the final 200+ pages were a pretty good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 10/25/2013

    " A terrific insight into the world of baseball umpiring. So good to see a talented professional writer tackle the subject as serious investigative journalism. Weber did a great job of seeing it both from the inside AND the outside. All baseball fans will enjoy this book. Umpires will love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon Brown | 10/5/2013

    " Just an overall great book if you are a baseball fan. Weber gives us stories of the struggling minor league umpires and stories from umpires who have made it to the Big Leagues. I would def recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 9/26/2013

    " For baseball fans. Interesting enough, but I get the impression this started its life as a magazine article and was expanded into a book. Too long by half "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George Foley | 7/18/2013

    " The view of the umpires school was not surprising but the stories of the MLB umpires were quite good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marshaferz | 5/2/2013

    " I loved this book. Loved loved loved it. I learned so much, and I will never watch baseball the same way again. I've always loved and respected umpires, and now that I know what it takes to get them where they are, I feel doubly so. So interesting, so well written. Fabulous book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean Lovelace | 4/7/2013

    " Gets dry at times but there aren't enough books about umps. Add this to the growing immersion journalism. I did like how everyone hates the umps and their everyday work environment is disdain and arguments and other wonderful thunks and things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DT | 8/9/2012

    " The author attended one of two MLB-approved umpire schools, interviewed dozens of former and current umpires and (it appears) read everything ever written about umpires. Ever. I ended up skimming a lot of this, but there were some good stories buried in there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon Terry | 5/7/2012

    " The best baseball book I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 4/7/2012

    " This was a great vacation read. I've always been somewhat in awe of the umpires' ability to recall most of the arcane rules of baseball on a moment's notice and apply them correctly. This was a great insight into their world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/10/2011

    " This is interesting if you are a baseball fan, which I am. I would however recommend reading it during the season when you could go to a game and watch an umpire closely - I plan to do this come April. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Lapetino | 11/26/2011

    " Great and intriguing book about the life of a big league umpire. Surprising and insightful, and because of it, I will never look at the game of baseball in quite the same way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 6/7/2011

    " Not so much about major league umpires but what young umpires go through to get there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 3/10/2011

    " Great baseball anecdotes intertwined with a fascinating journey through umpire school "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/14/2011

    " For baseball fans. Interesting enough, but I get the impression this started its life as a magazine article and was expanded into a book. Too long by half "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DT | 2/10/2011

    " The author attended one of two MLB-approved umpire schools, interviewed dozens of former and current umpires and (it appears) read everything ever written about umpires. Ever. I ended up skimming a lot of this, but there were some good stories buried in there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 10/11/2010

    " Baseball from the umpires view. makes you watch the game a little differently, and I haven't yelled at the umps since I read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 9/26/2010

    " This was a great vacation read. I've always been somewhat in awe of the umpires' ability to recall most of the arcane rules of baseball on a moment's notice and apply them correctly. This was a great insight into their world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 9/8/2010

    " Great and intriguing book about the life of a big league umpire. Surprising and insightful, and because of it, I will never look at the game of baseball in quite the same way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 7/23/2010

    " For a huge baseball fan I thought this an extremely fascinating book. It shows how difficult it can be to be an umpire but also shows how integral they are to the game. And I've tried watching then instead of the ball at a game and it is very difficult to do! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 7/12/2010

    " Great book for even a casual baseball fan. You will never watch a pro game again the same way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 6/27/2010

    " What a fun book this was. Lots of antecdotes. One might just develop empathy for the most hated men in baseball. "

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