We’re happy to announce our first contest, in which we’ll be giving away a copy of Baseball is Just Baseball: The Understated Ichiro by David Shields. Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (US) was kind enough to offer us a copy of the book to give to one of our readers. We’re going to make you earn it, though! You’ll have to answer a question about Ichiro.
A. Freddy Garcia
B. Alex Rodriguez
C. David Aardsma
D. Raul Ibanez
E. Rafael Soriano
Ichiro’s clubhouse interviews have long been a source of enjoyment and delight for baseball followers. What initially seemed to be perhaps a result of translation or misunderstanding—Ichiro moved to the U.S. from his home country of Japan in 2001—eventually proved to be the insightful candor of a unique and strong-willed individual. Shields captures the transcendent experience of listening to Ichiro comment on everything from American culture and food preferences to playing outfield at Yankee Stadium.
Originally published in 2001 by TNI, this unauthorized compilation has been revised and updated to reflect Ichiro’s move to New York. The new edition also includes an engaging introduction by Shields in which he explains his admiration for the newest Yankee. BASEBALL IS JUST BASEBALL is the perfect way to celebrate Ichiro taking the field in pinstripes, but is also a book of wisdom: life lessons for kids, baseball fans, and wisdom seekers of all ages.
David Shields is the author of twelve books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications), The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (a New York Times bestseller), and Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season (a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). His stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, Believer, and dozens of other publications. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.
To find out more about Shields, visit www.davidshields.com.
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Again, it’s the FIRST person to submit the correct answer in it’s entirety who’ll win the book. Good luck!