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 nations 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.A vivid journey into baseballs bizarro world . . . Mr. Walker not only finds the humor in this world of the obsessed, he also finds the drama. (Dan Barry, The New York Times)Brilliantly funny. (The Washington Post)I have read many books on baseball, but none of them approach the delight, the zaniness, the lunacy, and the sheer reading pleasure of Sam Walkers Fantasyland.(Buzz Bissinger, author of Three Nights in Augustand Friday Night LightsThe most entertaining book ever written about pretend sports. (Chuck Klosterman, Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine)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.
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