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Posted March 29, 2012
I recently finished "Baseball Between Us," and loved reading this terrific, wonderfully written book by Mike Luery, with his son, Matt Luery. Mike's considerable insight into the game of baseball and his substantial knowledge of and enormous love for the game make this a book that all can and should read -- from the casual observer to those who religiously follow the game or the status of particular teams on a daily basis.
Mike's descriptions of his trips with Matt to all 30 (or was it 31?) major league ballparks in the U.S. and Canada, as well as his portrayals of each ball game that he and Matt attended were a lot of fun to follow, and I certainly felt like I was with them every step of the way. Many of the generational differences between father and son that were described were quite funny. AND, the Chapter on Mike's personal journey to his boyhood hometown of Stamford, Connecticut was quite moving and touching.
The Epilogue to the book, written by Matt, was quite impressive, and his comments on the topics he wrote about were most insightful for a young man. Like his Dad, Matt can quickly draw the inerest of his readers into what he is writing about, and I very much enjoyed his thoughts on the importance of travel, how great the diversity of this country is, and how the benefits of watching a slow game of baseball can provide an opportunity to just chill and take it easy from the pressures of life. Plus, I liked reading about how he enjoyed spending time with his Dad, despite some of the differences between them that Mike so amusingly described.
In short, "Baseball Between Us" is a must-read book, and should be at the top of your reading list. -----Scott A. Morris