Book tours are almost designed to beat out of an author any affection he has for his book.
Baseball is this intense subculture that actually doesn't speak very much for the larger culture.
I think that fans are always looking for someone to blame. Wouldn't it be nice if they looked in the mirror?
The Red Sox are the local scapegoats. It's hard enough to play baseball without being the local scapegoat too.
The sports world is an echo chamber. All it takes is one quote from a general manager and a thousand sports columns bloom.
There's no point in arguing with partisan supporters. Their views are their identity. Nothing you can tell the most phlegmatic follower.
I don't think there is a national pasttime. Watching TV is a national pasttime. Really. If there is a national pasttime, it is watching TV.
The sentimentality of baseball is very deeply rooted in the American baseball fan. It is the one sport that is transmitted from fathers to sons.
In Japan, mothers insist on achievement and accomplishment as a sign of love and respect. Thus to fail places children in a highly shamed situation.
The Oakland clubhouse is a wonderful place. A lot of these guys feel like rejects. They were rejects and they feel - they can tell you how baseball screwed up.