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Baseball: How To Play The Game: The Official Playing & Coaching Manual of MLB Book Review & Giveaway

Baseball: How To Play The Game: The Official Playing & Coaching Manual of Major League Baseball [Amazon] by Pete Williams. As spring training has just got underway, we’re reminded that its time to start thinking about little league too (like how I made that jump?!).  In all seriousness there are books that are just designed to look super pretty and gather dust on a coffee table, this isnt one of those books.  This books puts the best of the best Major League Baseball players right into an educational break out of drills, tips, advice and coaching.  From every aspect of this game there is a superstar right there giving you basic advice, talking about tips and highlighting key points for playing that position.

The comprehensive guide has fully illustrated with action photos of MLB stars illustrating key points and drills for each defensive position, this book also includes special tips from MLB players on batting, base running, the rules of the game, and coaching.  This will be an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to coach or play the game.

It really covers it all: Batting, Pitching, Base running and sliding, Specific drills for playing all defensive positions, Coaching and rules, Offensive and defensive strategy. Partial list of Big League tips on How to Play the Game: Tony Gwynn (hitting), Sammy Sosa (judging fly balls), Bernie Williams (playing the outfield), Mark Grace (approach to hitting), Alex Rodriguez (fielding ground balls), Jeff Bagwell (hitting), Roberto Alomar (fielding ground balls), Jaret Wright (pitching mechanics), Edgar Renteria (how to play SS), John Lackey (improving your pitching), Carlos Delgado (mastering 1B), Rocco Baldelli (basic approach at plate), Cristian Guzman (fielding ground balls), Danny Kolb (good approach on the mound), Dontrelle Willis (pitching strategies), Torii Hunter (playing the outfield), Jason Marquis (pitching with control), Chone Figgins (sliding), Orlando Cabrera (improving your game), Gary Bennett (becoming a better catcher), Ervin Santana (pitching under pressure), Mark Teixeira (playing 1B), Ryan Howard (hitting), Joey Gathright (playing the OF), Troy Tulowitzki (succeeding at the plate), Joel Zumaya (pitching with poise), Josh Johnson (pitching with confidence).

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Sh!t my dad says and other dadisms

I’ve been reading the book Sh!t my dad says and I laugh my ass off… mainly because its pretty true.  My wife is great about calling me out all the time over my few “catch phrases” sure I admit it – I use the same phrase over again and again – sue me.  I kindof feel like it fit me and I know I go though phases where I switch it up… Its part of life, its part of dialog… isnt it? Now ofcourse the second I point out items that my wifes says – it could be the start of world war 3, so usually I just yes the conversation to death before someone gets a swirly.

Do you have a catch phrase? do you have some great memories of things your dad used to say growing up? Here are some choice dadisms I found while googling around the net.


“You’re going to sit there until you eat your dinner. I don’t care if you sit there all night.”

“Delayed obedience is disobedience. “

“When I say no, I mean no. Why? Because, that’s why.”

“If you don’t stop crying, I’ll give you something to cry about.”

“Two wrongs do not make a right.”

“As long as you tried your hardest, that’s all that matters.”

“I’m spanking you because I love you. This hurts me a lot more than it hurts you.”

“If I didn’t hear it, you didn’t say it! “

“Shape up or ship out.”

“That’s so funny? Wipe that smile off your face.”

“We’ll do it the right way. My way.”

“Don’t ask me, ask your mother.”

“This is your last warning. “

“Four things come not back: time past, the spoken word, the sped arrow and a missed opportunity. “

“You’ll realize the value of money once you start earning. “

“Son, don’t ever get married. And tell that to your kids.”

“Enough is enough! “

“Do what I say, not what I do.”

“When I was your age…. “

I think I’ve heard some of these at least a few times in my life… and I know I’ll have my kid sit down one day and laugh about the stuff his old man said. It’s just the cycle of life!