If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers: Stories from the Detroit Tigers' Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box (Paperback)
March. Only how many days till spring training?? and the season?? Get your baseball fix with this entertaining volume about the Tigers. Since 2002 the author has been the Fox Sports Detroit game announcer so you get a real back stage story on the media coverage. There's some skinny on Mark "the Bird" Fidrych, Verlander, "Miggy", and more. Learn about some jinxes and curses and "the grind". In a breezy conversational style Mario tells you all about baseball like he calls the game, with knowledge, appreciation, and a lot of heart. Reader-up!— Margaret
Providing a behind-the-scenes look at the personalities and events that have shaped the Detroit Tigers’ recent resurgence, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness, grief, and quirkiness. Beginning in 2002, when author Mario Impemba arrived in the Tigers’ broadcast booth and when the team had consecutive 100-loss seasons, the book details how, in just three shorts years, team president Dave Dombrowski and manager Jim Leyland led the Tigers to the American League pennant—a feat the Tigers repeated in 2012. Impemba takes readers into the Comerica Park broadcast booth alongside the legendary Ernie Harwell, onto the team plane during the team’s two runs to the World Series, and into the clubhouse as Miguel Cabrera closed in on the 2012 Triple Crown. He shares personal stories about several Tigers stars, including Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder, Curtis Granderson, Ivan Rodriguez, Kenny Rogers, Magglio Ordonez, and more. If These Walls Could Talk: Detroit Tigers gives fans a taste of what it’s like to be a part of the Tigers storied history from a perspective unlike any other.
About the Author
Mario Impemba is the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers on Fox Sports Detroit. The 2014 season will be his 13th with the Tigers after seven years as the radio voice of the Los Angeles Angels. A Detroit native, Impemba was voted the 2011 Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the membership of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. His work on Tigers games earned him a Michigan Emmy in June 2006 in the "Sports Play-by-Play" category. A 1985 graduate of Michigan State University, Impemba and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, Brett and Daniel, and reside in Macomb Township, Michigan.
Mike Isenberg is an Emmy award-winning Coordinating Producer at Fox Sports Detroit. Prior to moving to Michigan, Mike spent nearly 10 years at ESPN in production. He played basketball at Emerson College before starting his career as a sportscaster in Elmira, New York. Mike lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
David Dombrowski is the current general manager of the Detroit Tigers.