Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball [NOOK Book]

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A hilarious tribute to baseball and to the fathers and sons who share the love of the game.

Are We Winning? is built around a trip to Wrigley Field to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs--the "lovable losers" to most fans but the hated enemy to the Leitch men. Along for the ride are both Will's father, the gregarious but not-exactly demonstrative Midwestern titan who, despite being a die-hard Cards fan and living his whole life...
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Overview

A hilarious tribute to baseball and to the fathers and sons who share the love of the game.

Are We Winning? is built around a trip to Wrigley Field to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs--the "lovable losers" to most fans but the hated enemy to the Leitch men. Along for the ride are both Will's father, the gregarious but not-exactly demonstrative Midwestern titan who, despite being a die-hard Cards fan and living his whole life just 200 miles south of Chicago, had never been to Wrigley Field before this game, and Will's college friend, a lifelong Cubs fan. The Cardinals have recently fallen out of the pennant race, and the Cubs, as it turns out, are attempting to clinch the division on this Saturday afternoon in September. The pitchers are Ted Lilly for the Cubs and Joel Pineiro for the Cardinals. It's just a regular game. Play ball.

The book unfolds in half-inning increments where Will gives one-of-a-kind insight on the past, present, and future of the game--from Pujols' unrivaled greatness to the myth that steroids have ruined baseball. Along the way, he shares memories of his father and growing up in the small town of Mattoon, including the year his dad coached his Little League team and nicknamed a scrawny kid "Bulldog," and an unlikely postgame episode involving a biker bar and Mr. Holland's Opus. And there is beer. Lots and lots of beer.

Are We Winning? is a book about the indelible bond that links fathers and sons. For the Leitch men it's baseball that holds them together--not that either of them would ever be so weak as to admit it. No matter how far apart they are or what's going on in their lives, they'll always be able to talk about baseball. It's the story of being a fan, a story about fathers, sons, and legacies. And one perfect game.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
New York magazine sports columnist Leitch's reference to "fathers and sons" in the "new Golden Age" sounds more like a holdover from baseball's original golden age over 50 years ago, notwithstanding that Leitch is in his thirties. He is referring both to his own father and to his intention to father a son for future emotional connection through baseball. Interweaving his coming-of-age memories with stories of attending a 2008 Cubs-Cardinals game with his father and a pal, he writes of how a shared love of the Cardinals—and baseball generally—became "the one language" through which these Midwestern males could share deep feelings. This memoir has all the salty language of today and is imbued with Leitch's enthusiasm for baseball's personalities and its mysterious complexity. Sure to be loved by many of today's baseball fans and memoir readers, all the more so if they love the Cardinals.
Publishers Weekly
A day at the ball park prompts a meditation on family ties in this loose-limbed, beguiling memoir. Sports journalist Leitch (God Save the Fan) recounts a 2008 game at Wrigley Field at which he and his father watched their beloved St. Louis Cardinals lose to the Chicago Cubs, who were on the brink of clinching the divisional title. His sprightly color commentary covers the bases with adroitly analyzed play-by-play, awed encomiums to Cards slugger Albert Pujols (“an alien using superior technology to mock us feeble humans”), and rabid incitements against the hated Cubs. As in any ball game, there's plenty of downtime for arcane statistics, ruminations on drug scandals—who cares, Leitch asks, as long as steroids mean more homers?—and commercial interruptions (“I'm a subscriber to the MLB At Bat application, which allows you access to... real-time score updates with full box scores and stats”). Most of all, Leitch delivers an homage to his dad, a laconic stalwart brimming with manly truths—some imparted while driving a pickup with an open container—that sports bring to the surface. The result is a jaunty, heartfelt, Father's Day–ready celebration of baseball as the ultimate bonding rite. Photos. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401395896
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 789 KB

Meet the Author

Will Leitch
Will Leitch is a writer based in New York City and the founding editor of the Gawker Media sports blog Deadspin. Leitch is a contributing editor at New York, a contributor to The New York Times, GQ, Fast Company and Slate, and has published three books, Catch, a novel; Life as a Loser, a memoir; and God Save the Fan, a book of sports essays.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Sparkle Party

    Name: Sparkle Party the Maltese Ninja that Lives in the Forest (aka Sparkle Party)
    &#8690 age: not old but not a baby. &#8690 gender: female &#8690 looks: sparkly and ninja like. Very very sparkly. &#8690 personality: loud obnoxious and funny. &#8690 other: i am also known as blue or malta.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    A bunch of Pokemon's bios

    LATIAS<p>Name: Latias<p>Gender: &female<p>Species: Latias<p>Level: 70<p>Appearance: look it up<p>History: She is very fond of her brother, Latios. When she thought he di<_>ed, Latias felt like part of her so<_>ul is di<_>ed, too. Then Latios came back, but she knew something changed.<p>Personality: Kind, cheerful, friendly<p>Other: Ask.<p>LATIOS<p>Name: Latios<p>Gender: &male<p>Species: Latios<p>Level: 75<p>Appearance: look it up.<p>History: Everyone thought he was ki<_>lled, but he wasn't. However, Latios saw something very frightening, which he won't talk about. Even though he still lo<_>ves his sister, Latias, after he "di<_>ed", he sometimes snap at her, and Latios almost always completely shuts his mind to Latias whenever she tries to te<_>lepathically communicate with him. Latios also had taken interest into the humans' be<_>er, and is occasionally seen in<_>toxicated.<p>Personality: de<_>pressed, pe<_>ssimist, ho<_>stile (except with Latias)<p>GROOM<p>Name: Groom<p>Gender: &female<p>Species: Furfou<p>Level: 27<p>Appearance: Look up "Furfou". She often changes her trim.<p>History: A runaway from a br<_>eeding center for Furfou.<p>Personality: Fashionable, chatty, fl<_>irtatious<p>Other: Ask.<p>HAPPY<p>Name: Happy<p>Gender: &male<p>Species: Grotle<p>Level: 19<p>Appearance: look up "Grotle"<p>History: Originally belonged to a Trainer until he got hi<_>t by a car.<p>Personality: Playful, willing to make friends<p>Other: Ask.<p>EERIE<p>Name: Eerie<p>Gender: &male<p>Species: Houndoom<p>Appearance: Look up "Houndoom"<p>History: Came from France, but knows both English and French.<p>Personality: Friendly, polite, somewhat shy<p>Other: Ask.

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    Posted March 14, 2014

    Nyan Cat's PopTarty Biography

    Name: Poopy Pants. <p> Gender: &male <p> Age: Go ask your momma! <p> Mate: Really? <p> Babies: Yeah, I've got like 999,999,999 <p> Appearance: Pink poptart with a gray head. <p> Personality: JHJSGHDHDNNOYB <p> IM BORED OF TYPING NOW

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    Posted March 14, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Carea

    Name:Carea
    Thing:Living teddy bear
    Gender:F
    Personality:fun and cuddly but get on her nerves and shell get pretty mad
    Appearance:Small brown amd cuddly with bear eyelashes and wears small build a bear clothes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Gg

    Get to knew me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Wendy

    Name: Wendy Robinson <p>
    Gender: Really? <p>
    Age: 10 <p>
    Appearance: Brown hair and green eyes. Tall-ish. <p>
    Personality: Random. <p>
    Pets: Sockeh teh sock monkey and Derp teh pomeranian. <p>
    Family: William Robinson (brother), Winnie Robinson (sister), Willa Robinson (sister), Wenchell Robinson (dad), and Winna Robinson (mom) <p>
    Other: LET'S SET FIRE TO THE BATMOBILE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Mister Pigglesworth the Third's BIO

    Gender: Last time I checked, &male . <br>
    Age: Who cares? <br>
    Personality: If you haven't figured this out by now, screw you.
    <p>
    Location: In the back of a Chevy Impala with two Abbysinian guinea pigs on either side of me. <br>
    Appearance: This doesn't matter either. The only thing I'll tell you is that I have black spiky hair. So whenever you hear my name, you'll think of my smexy cute black spiky hair.
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    Name Derivation(in case you were wondering. If you were, DOUBLE-SCREW you.): Well...my mother is a human and my father is a guinea pig. My mother got, shall we say, curious, and...ah....my father who is named Gray, got her pregnant and she was worried how the baby would turn out. She liked the name Mister Pigglesworth for a guinea pig. She soon was going to have me, and soooo...after much effort and a lot of blood, I emerged. I was a disgusting mixture of human and guinea pig. An angel thingeh flew down and took me and put electrical shock into me and I became all human and that's why I am very normal now and verrry cute and smexy. That's also why I have such a lame name. Hehe.
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    Likes: Slendy, coffee made out of ground-up bat droppings, large ice-cream free sample cups, lunar eclipses(cuz nobody sees them and nobody cares. But they're there. Kind of like God. And me. And dust mites.), a certain game where you craft and mine and kill zombies and other nighttime creatures, and capybaras.
    <p>
    Crush: Crush? Who got time foh dat?
    <p>

    Well. That's all. I might add on later. But why would I need to? What's going to change?


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Rowen's Bio

    Name: I will most likely respond to Rowen, Chartreuse, Katie, or 'hey you.' But Rowen is what I go by here, so just stick with that. Age: dunno, depends. Gender:... I'm a girl..... Race: human? I guess. We'll go with human. Personality: fun-loving, a bit of a wild thing, crazy, outgoing, funny, brave, thoughtful, a natural stratigist, level-headed, tomboyish, and stubborn. Apperance: longish, wavy, red-gold hair and green eyes, slightly tan from being outside a lot, with a spray of freckles across her nose. History: more of an adventure story but un-tragic. Other: erm... single, I'm but not looking for a guy and I don't crush easily. My favorite subject is history, I have a huge sweet tooth, I love lemon squares more than anything else in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    ↯ Rain the Lightning Rider ↯

    - Name: Rain<br>
    - Gender: M&male<_>le<br>
    - Appearance: A teenage boy with green eyes and wild black hair that hangs slightly over his face, he is lean and fairly tall but not too short. Wears ripped blue jeans and a black t-shirt (sometimes a band t-shirt that will most likely be a Metallica one). He wears a spiked choke collar on his neck and a studded belt. He also wears black spiked combat boots. <br>
    - Random Info: He loves the rain. He loves fire (sometimes a little too much). His favorite band is Metallica. He likes metal, punk, rock 'n' roll. He likes to skateboard. He is a Pokemon fan. He likes sharp things. His mood can change drastically from day to day, to minute to minute. He can climb. He can fight. He can play the elctric guitar. He is unique.<br>
    - Abilitities: Can turn into any animal, beast, monster that can be thought of. A giant dino serpent bird that shoots lasers out of its mouth? Sure! A wolf, hyena, porcupine hybrid? Absolutely. A demonic-like monster falcon? No problem. In human form he can also summon up the strength of one to all of his beasts and use them in human form. This also giving him many elemental powers, his preferred element is electricity.<br>
    - Weaponery: He uses two hatchet/axes that can change into different tools from toothpicks to jets (yes, jets as in airplanes). They are indestructible and he is very skilled with them, they also can be charged and he can flow energy through them, for instance he can charge them with electricity and channel energy though them. He can command and modify his hatchets instantly, for instance, the hatchets can form chains for him so he can throw him and then bring them back if he wanted, creating a whole new different weapon. If he wanted he could change the blades into chainsaws. Anything. He nicknamed the two hatchets the Thunder Twins.<br>
    - Themesong: Ride The Lightning by Metallica<br>
    - Signature: RA&#8623N

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

    books never loaded to my nook

    purchased this ebook and Stephen King-The Wind through the Keyholeon 5-6/12 and has not been loaded to my nook. Can you explain?

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Hillarious & Great

    This was one of the funniest and most heart felt books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. The author does an excellent job of weaving in and out of a day at Wrigley and stories about the relationship with his family, mostly his father. The last baseball book I read had me worried that I might never read another baseball book again (see my review on the summer of '49.) For my reading life, this book saved baseball. It makes you wish you were at a game yourself pounding beers and singing "take me out to the ball game" despite the fact that Will Leitch is Cardinals fan and refused to in the book becuase its a Cubs tradition at Wrigley! Either way, he definitely makes this book work, and does it well.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "Buy it if you like baseball and/or have a father." - Ken Tremendous

    Gave it to my father for Father's Day. He is well above Deadspin's target demographic, while I am very much in it. The first Will Leitch book I buy, ironically enough, isn't even for me.
    Anyways, Leitch does a great job of weaving stories of baseball of fatherhood together, as well as into the telling of a Cubs-Cardinals game he attended with his father and a college buddy at Wrigley, the Leitchs being die-hard Cardinals fans. A trip he had planned months in advance, and it just so happens to be the Cubs' first opportunity to clinch the NL Central. (Keep in mind that this took place in September 2008.) And yes, that college buddy is a Cubs fan. Seeing as though the Cardinals are long out of playoff contention, it makes for a perfectly dreadful day of inevitably watching Cubs fans celebrate an October trip on St. Louis's behalf. Or, a perfect day to reflect on baseball, fatherdom, life, all that stuff. Don't get more wrong, it's still as hilariously funny as you'd expect anything that Leitch writes to be (or more).
    So, Father's Day 2011 is still 50-ish months away... He still celebrates birthdays, right?

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