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‘Damn Yankees’: They play a game, we make it personal

Published 04/08/2012, Los Angeles Times/ MCT

The need for victory — what Nathaniel Rich, in his essay “The Queens Speech,” calls “Win At All Costs (WAAC)” — is one of the central subtexts in “Damn Yankees: Twenty-Four Major-League Writers on the World’s Most Loved (and Hated) Team,” edited by former Sports Illustrated executive editor Rob Fleder. What gives the book its resonance, however, is how the best work here tends to turn that on its ear, exposing it as the most obvious and least interesting filter for coming to terms with the team.

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