Fantasyland A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League (Paperback)
|Author: Sam Walker|
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|A "Wall Street Journal" writer spends a season in a fantasy baseball league to explore the inner workings and contagious passions of one of the country's most popular pursuits.|
From the Publisher:
Every spring, millions of Americans prepare to take part in one of the oddest, most obsessive, and most engrossing rituals in the sports pantheon: Rotisserie baseball, a fantasy game where armchair fans match wits by building their own teams. In 2004, Sam Walker, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, decided to explore this phenomenon by talking his way into Tout Wars, a league reserved for the nationÂ's top experts. The result is one of the most sheerly entertaining sports books in years and a matchless look into the heart and soul of our national pastime.
"The best book on fantasy isn't a players' guide, but a lunatic adventure. It's FANTASYLAND, by Sam Walker...Walker stops at nothing to win. He hires a NASA mathematician to analyze ballplayers rather than astronauts. He stalks major leaguers at spring training. He even consults a baseball astrologer." - Tony Horwitz 10/13/2009 "[A] vivid journey into baseball's bizarro world....One of the book's strengths is that Mr. Walker not only finds humor in this world of the obsessed, he also finds drama....Mr. Walker's prose is entertaining and informative--he provides a concise, Joseph J. Ellis-like history of rotisserie baseball's origins--and often very sweet." - Dan Barry 05/22/2006