Wednesday, April 18, 2007


Until Sam Walker's Fantasyland came along, there really wasn't a book out there that truly delved into the world of Fantasy Baseball and the trials and trivilations of the people that play this game. Shortly after the 2006 season began, my friend Jim recommended that I read the book. That weekend, I went out and bought it at my local Borders... Once I got my hands on it, I literally could not put it down!!!

Walker, a senior sports writer and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, had scoffed at the fantasy game for years. One day, after becoming very jaded about writing about the various scandals such as steroids that had tarnished the game, he decided would use his connections and get into a very prestigious fantasy league known as "Tout Wars" - started by Baseball HQ's Ron Shandler. Walker had never played the game before this foray...

Fantasyland takes you on a tumultuous journey of highs and lows in the life of a rookie fantasy baseball player. What truly makes this book a great read is how Walker presents the material. Instead of boring the reader with numbers and facts, he presents the fantasy season in almost a storybook form... this is what makes it such an addicting read. You get to experience first hand what drives people to play the game of fantasy baseball and what makes it so addicting in it's own right. If you've ever played fantasy baseball, I guarantee that you will enjoy this book. Even if you've never played the game, you'll still enjoy the wit, humor and passion that Walker uses to convey his story.

How did Walker's first season turn out? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out!

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