(PIX11)– Baseball has been part of 16-time Golden Glove winner Jim Kaat’s professional life for more than 40 years–both as a player and a broadcaster.
In Kaat’s new book, If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from New York Yankees Dugout, Locker Room and Press Box centers around how his second career as a sports analyst took off and his time calling games for the Bronx Bombers.
“Most former baseball players write about baseball,” Kaat, who wrote an autobiography Still Pitching in 2003 said. “But there’s a lot of things that happen behind the scenes, not necessarily controversial, in the TV booth.”
“Baseball is a slow-paced game but if fans could see how fast things could go with all the screaming and hollering,” seven-time Emmy winner Kaat remarked.
Katt said the book, written along with Greg Jennings, illustrates his idea of a perfect telecast, how he got started in tv and his mentors, including Dick Enberg and John Madden. He also shares his account of Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium, David Well’s perfect game, and their championship runs in the late 1990s.
If the walls could talk, Katt reveals, his book talks about controversial issues that may come up for a player and instances where integrity could be risked.
His biggest controversial moment came when the late George Steinbrenner had some choice words for then Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer and left Katt with an awkward situation as a commentator and asked to not work a couple of games until that smoothed over.
As far as the current team is concerned, the MLB Network analyst said they are still improving, but his biggest praise went to the other local New York team.
“Mets have great starting pitching and best in the league at keeping the opposition down,” Kaat said.