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Posted December 3, 2011
Backstop Will Knock You Outta the Ball Park!
Backstop ¿ A Baseball Love Story in Nine Innings by J. Conrad Guest, is a unique novel. Told in first person by the catcher, or backstop, of the Detroit Tigers, it chronicles his career from rookie to career's end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Backstop, as everyone calls him, is an interesting man who breaks the jock mold. Hardly dumb, he continually surprises the reader with his intuitive insights and literary interests.
Darlene, the woman who wins Backstop's heart, is also an interesting character. Hurt by a bad relationship, she's loathe to commit, but finds herself drawn to this far from ordinary man. It's up to Backstop to win her heart, but can he keep her love and trust?
Backstop's reflections on his relationship with Darlene are interspersed with with play by play account of baseball games. Though I know very little about baseball, I enjoyed the descriptions. J. Conrad Guest makes the game come alive with his words. The reader can visualize the events as they unfold.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a great baseball game and a good romance. Five gold acorns!
© Dellani Oakes 2011
Posted September 18, 2010
"A Beautiful, Hopeful Place
"Baseball, like love, is a game of errors and regrets. Pop-outs, ground-outs, strike-outs. A bad swing, a bad throw, a bad hop. But what captivates us most is the possibility of the next at- bat, of the chance for a rally, of an unlikely clutch play that suddenly changes the stakes. This is where J. Conrad Guest meets us in Backstop: in this beautiful, hopeful place closest to our hearts, where we play for the love of the game, and we love with everything we have." ?Rachael Perry, author of How to FlyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.