When I first picked up Bargaining with Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil by Professor William B. Gould IV, I expected to read a textbook about the history of labor relations in baseball. By the end of the book, I realized I had read a textbook about labor relations in baseball. But I had also read a history of the game itself, a primer on the business side of baseball, and a love story about a country and its oldest pastime. In Professor Gould, I had found a kindred spirit who wanted to share not only knowledge, but also his passion about the topic.
I am a sports fan. I love a good college basketball game. I get drawn into football games, trying to figure out the next move the offense will make. But nothing draws me in like a baseball game. And I’m not quite sure why. I love the crack as the ball hits the sweet spot of the bat and the sound of a 95-mph fastball cleanly landing in the catcher’s mitt. I love the green grass of the outfield and the anticipation of watching the infield turn a double play. I love yelling at the TV or yelling, “Charge!” when I’m in the stands.