Baseball Is Just Baseball (Hardcover)

The Understated Ichiro

By David Shields

Blue Rider Press, 9780399164101, 192pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2012

List Price: 15.00*
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Welcome to the Yankees, Ichiro! An homage to one of the great baseball players of our era, Baseball Is Just Baseball is a wide-ranging selection of Ichiro’s most startling and provocative observations. Updated to reflect his move to New York in July 2012, the book also includes a revised Introduction by acclaimed nonfiction writer David Shields.

When Ichiro was traded to the Yankees on July 23, 2012, the news made headlines around the world. He will finish out the year in pinstripes before becoming a free agent in 2013. Ichiro is a ten-time All-Star, ten-time Gold Glove winner, 2001 AL MVP and Rookie of the Year, and a virtual lock for the Hall of Fame.
Experience reality rather than your expectation of reality. Believe in yourself. Don’t take yourself seriously, but find an activity to be passionate about and take that activity very seriously. Don’t buy the hype. Dissolve hate into love. Care more about the process than the product. Find joy in the seeking itself. Such are some of the simple but profound ideas embodied in this prize of a little book—a document of not only a popular athlete but an impressively thoughtful human being.

About the Author

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, The Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, Believer, and dozens of other publications.

Praise For Baseball Is Just Baseball: The Understated Ichiro

“An ideal holiday stocking stuffer!”—Bronx Banter

“Serene reading and a provider of insights into the superstar.”—The Epoch Times