Excerpt: 'Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life'

Photo: Book Cover: Rules for Sports and Life

ESPN Radio co-hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic bring their morning radio show to the pages of "Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life."

From the NBA draft to why children should not eat French fries for breakfast, the two host debate the rules to live by in their first book.

Check out an excerpt of the book below, then head to the "GMA" Library for other great reads.

Chapter 1

GREENY: What a great game our national pastime is, a sport of skill, athleticism, strategy, explosive action, and great suspense. Every baseball game starts exactly the same, perfect and pristine in those expectant moments before the first pitch, and then it's . . . Play ball! . . . A swing and a miss . . . the diving catch . . . the hard slide, a cloud of dust, and a stolen base . . .

VIDEO: ESPNs Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic talk about their new book.
Mike and Mike: 'Rules for Sports and Life'

GOLIC: The peanuts, the Cracker Jack, a beer and a hot dog.

GREENY: Wait, wait, wait. . . . What are you doing?

GOLIC: I'm talking about baseball, helping you out.

GREENY: No you're not. You're not helping. You're interrupting. How long have we been doing the show together?

GOLIC: About four years?

GREENY: Ten years, and during those ten years you've been constantly interrupting me, day in and day out. Now we're writing a book about our rules for sports, and what do you do? On the very first page? I can't believe this is happening. What is wrong with you?

GOLIC: Calm down . . . Okay, I'm sorry. Go ahead.

GREENY: Thank you.

What a great game our national pastime is, a sport of athleticism and strategy, explosive action and great suspense. Every baseball game starts exactly the

GOLIC: Everyone's read that part already, Greeny.

GREENY: There you go again. . . . Look, I've spent a lot of time writing this, and I think they'll like it. It's good, and I should start it from the beginning.

GOLIC: So do that. Just tell everyone about the 2002 All-Star Game and how you came up with the dumbest rule in sports.

GREENY: It's a great rule, Mike.

GOLIC: Here's how it happened: It was the day after the 2002 All-Star Game, the one that was called after 11 innings because both teams ran out of players—no winner, no loser, nothing. Everyone was shaking their heads that morning and asking, What the heck?

But what else could they do? The fans were frustrated—the crowd at the game began chanting "Let them play" just like the fans did in the Houston Astrodome in the second Bad News Bears movie. The way it ended sure was bad news, but what other options were there?

GREENY: I'm disappointed to hear you say that, because I completely agree with you. With every fiber of my being and with every ounce in my soul, I want to tell you that you're wrong. But in this instance I can't. There was simply no other solution.

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