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Flip Flop Fly Ball by Craig Robinson
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Sep 20, 11

bookshelves: 2011

Flip Flop Fly Ball is a coffee-table sized book that is a combination of various graphs, charts and illustrations about the game of Major League Baseball, and the story of a British fan (the author) falling in love with the game and travelling to various major league parks. The graphics range from the amusing (The Republic of Bradenia, a reference to Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden and his umbrage with Alex Rodriguez crossing the pitcher's mound on his way back to the dugout) to the fascinating (a breakdown of all the perfect games in MLB history, including statistics like ground ball/fly ball/strikeout breakdown, how many career starts the pitcher had before throwing the perfect game, etc). Unfortunately, even with the oversized pages of the book some of the more dense graphics are unreadable without the aid of a magnifying glass. [return][return]I was expecting a picture book and nothing more, so the stories from the author were a pleasant surprise. It was interesting to read about someone becoming a fan of baseball in adulthood with no prior knowledge of the game, and it didn't hurt that he was a Yankees fan too!
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