Announcing Our First Giveaway!

We’re happy to announce our first contest, in which we’ll be giving away a copy of Baseball is Just Baseball: The Understated Ichiro by David Shields. Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (US) was kind enough to offer us a copy of the book to give to one of our readers. We’re going to make you earn it, though! You’ll have to answer a question about Ichiro.

 
Here are the rules: You must provide the correct answer in its entirety to win. We’re going to select the FIRST person to submit the correct answer. You can submit your answer via comment, email, Twitter, or Facebook. Our contact links are on the sidebar to the right of the page. We’ll keep track, of course, by the time of submission.

 
Now, onto the question:
 
Which of the following Yankees was Ichiro never a teammate with in Seattle?
A. Freddy Garcia
B. Alex Rodriguez
C. David Aardsma
D. Raul Ibanez
E. Rafael Soriano
 
 
Here are a few excerpts from the book’s Press Release:
 

Ichiro’s clubhouse interviews have long been a source of enjoyment and delight for baseball followers. What initially seemed to be perhaps a result of translation or misunderstanding—Ichiro moved to the U.S. from his home country of Japan in 2001—eventually proved to be the insightful candor of a unique and strong-willed individual. Shields captures the transcendent experience of listening to Ichiro comment on everything from American culture and food preferences to playing outfield at Yankee Stadium. 

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Originally published in 2001 by TNI, this unauthorized compilation has been revised and updated to reflect Ichiro’s move to New York. The new edition also includes an engaging introduction by Shields in which he explains his admiration for the newest Yankee. BASEBALL IS JUST BASEBALL is the perfect way to celebrate Ichiro taking the field in pinstripes, but is also a book of wisdom: life lessons for kids, baseball fans, and wisdom seekers of all ages.

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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 MagazineHarper’sVillage Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, Believer, and dozens of other publications. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

To find out more about Shields, visit www.davidshields.com.

For more information on Blue Rider Press, go to www.theblueriderpress.com or their Twitter page, @blueriderpress.




Again, it’s the FIRST person to submit the correct answer in it’s entirety who’ll win the book. Good luck!

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2 Responses to Announcing Our First Giveaway!

  1. Steve Albin says:

    Answer to the updated question must be A-Rod. At first glance, I thought you were referring to Alphonso Soriano. Was he a teammate in Japan?

    The answer to the first question is Jeter, Pettite, Garcia. Mariano, if you consider him on the team even though on the DL.

  2. Derek Albin says:

    We’ve got our winner (right on both questions)!

    Alfonso wasn’t a teammate of Ichiro’s in Japan. Ichiro played for the Orix Blue Wave while Sori played for Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Interestingly, though, Soriano and Kuroda were both together on Hiroshima in 1997.

    We’ll have the book sent out to you soon.

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