Saturday, April 18, 2009

S.L. Price Book Excerpt from Sports Illustrated

Really interesting book excerpt from S.L. Price in the April 20 issue of Sports Illustrated.

The story is titled "Hit in the Head" and adapted from Price's book "Heart of the Game: Life, Death, and Mercy in the Minor League America". The book itself is about Colorado Rockies minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh who was killed by a batted ball while coaching first base in 2007 and much of the SI piece is about the bigger picture of dangers from projectiles faced by baseball players, coaches and fans.

I did a post referencing a different S.L. Price story several weeks ago and was very interested to read about this new book from him... enjoyed his "Far Afield: A Sportswriting Odyssey" quite a bit.

There was quite a bit of press in 2008 about shattered bats and the risk on injury these cause, but not as much attention has been paid to what a batted ball can do. However, as pitcher Joe Martinez of the San Francisco Giants found in a game earlier this month, the batted ball has huge potential for damage... video below:


From the SI issue one week prior, Michael Bamberger wrote a profile of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer.

I note this and link to the story not because I'm a huge Phillies or Moyer fan (he does come across as a good guy in the piece). The reason I do so is because Bamberger has done some excellent work in SI (which can be through a search for him in the CNNSI Vault) and is the author of the book "The Man Who Heard Voices" about M. Night Shyamalan and the making of the movie "Lady in the Water".

Fully understand I'm in the minority on this, but I really enjoyed the movie... and found Bamberger's account of it's creation by Shyamalan to be quite interesting.