Talk about inside baseball. After 18 years covering baseball at ESPN — both on camera and in print — Tim Kurkjian knows one thing above all: baseball will always surprise us. His bestselling new book takes us deep inside the great American game and captures baseball’s singular vitality. A great, witty, loving account, I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love, reveals where baseball is today — and all the strange, wonderful ways it got there. We caught up with Tim and asked him one question.
2paragraphs: I’m Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love is the #1 baseball book at Amazon and having a major impact. Why is this book connecting so powerfully with people?
Tim Kurkjian: My book connects with people because, I hope, it will make you smile and it will make you laugh. In our fast-paced world, I don’t think we enjoy our sports enough these days, but especially in baseball, which is so hard to play and has such a relentlessly long schedule, if you don’t take time to laugh along with it, it will tear you up. And, I hope, this book will teach you something about the game. I know I learned so much in the reporting that I did for several chapters, especially the Unwritten Rules of the Game. Hopefully, you will learn something also. This book is a valentine for baseball fans. No sport provides better stories than baseball, and this book is filled with all my favorite stories. Enjoy.
Gil Hodges’ 19 sac flies in 1954 – 1st year they became a continuously official stat – remains the record. Weird. https://t.co/fv63gmlhXS
— Tim Kurkjian (@Kurkjian_ESPN) April 28, 2016