Chip Scarinzi is an award-winning communications executive by trade and a dyed-in-the-wool baseball fan at heart. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan, he lives with his wife and two young daughters in the shadow of the O.co Coliseum in nearby Alameda, Calif. His first book, Diehards: Why Fans Care So Much About Sports, is the manifestation of his own passion for sports and a desire to understand why he and his tribe care so much about games.
He is an Athletics season ticket holder, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and spends most of his free time at the ballpark.Read more
… That I landed in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-2000s proved to be a fortuitous twist of fate, as I had spent my impressionable childhood years awestruck by the mighty Athletics’ stars of the late-80s and early-90s. Living in Central N.J. and as a fan of a National League team, the Athletics tended to only pop up on my TV screen during the playoff push in October. One glimpse of Rickey, McGwire, and Canseco, and I was obsessed. Now, approximately 30 years later, I’ve learned that it is possible to love two teams equally and deeply, and I dream of the day when the Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics one day meet in the World Series. At that time, I’ll have to make the most difficult choice I’ll ever have to make within the context of sports: a choice between my lifelong love and my new love.
I’ve felt the pull of sport on every fiber of my being since the day I made the all-important decisions about the franchises I would align myself with forever. I am a diehard fan and Diehards is a book that I hope other fans will enjoy. I also hope that the stories and perspectives nestled within its pages help non-fans understand better the sports-obsessed friends and family members in their lives. This is a book for the fan and, importantly, for the people that love them.