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Posted June 12, 2012
This curiously detailed book had me impatient just past the midw
This curiously detailed book had me impatient just past the midway point--a general lack of character development juxtaposed against details and vignettes in sometimes the very precise details defining their lives--but I stayed with it and was rewarded. The "baseball" in the book is above average--Schuster had done his homework and does have some feel for the game, life in the minors, the changing knowledge bases in the game, and the feel of of a baseball stadium and locker room, however meager they were in his story. Occasional breaks with realty, such as a franchises' very quick abandonment of a young, recently drafted prospect, and the relative dearth of Hispanic players given their predominance in today's minor, are easy to forgive. Schuster's success in showing just how baseball can really get to you in a consuming way more than compensates. The drama, resolutions, and trajectory of the much more rapidly paced final third of this book make it one I have already recommended to several friends I know will enjoy it as I did...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 1, 2012
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This was a bittersweet story about the choices we make and the r
This was a bittersweet story about the choices we make and the rewards and sorrows those choices bring us. I loved the character, Edward Everett, and felt his pain and bewilderment. He helped us see that by late middle age we should be able to put aside regret and loss and learn to accept ourselves and enjoy the richness of our particular life lived. He was powerless to have lived differently. Try as he might, this game was his vocation and destiny.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
We were also made to look hard at professional baseball as an industry. We usually only see the major league players in all their glory and forget how they got there. There are hard decisions and missed opportunities for thousands of young men playing in the minors. It can be a wonderful experience or a perilous waste of youth, depending on the individual and his fall-back plan. Altogether, a wonderful read for me.
Posted April 25, 2012
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