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Kevin BakerOlney is a skilled and lucid writer. He is adept at revealing all the minute elements of chance and strategy that constitute any single baseball game and that make the game such a constantly surprising, frustrating, even excruciating obsession. We learn why so few batters can hit Rivera's cut fastball even when they know it is coming and how it was that a throwback strip of dirt between the pitcher's mound and the plate in the Diamondbacks' home park, and a freak, passing thunderstorm rolling in over the mesas, played critical roles in deciding the outcome of the seventh game. Olney keeps the tension of the game crackling, and his descriptions are often wonderfully vivid: the Yankees manager, Joe Torre, inserting Darryl Strawberry as a pinch-hitter, ''used him like a dagger''; ''a halogen thought'' fills a pitcher's head; another pitcher, after a fielding drill, picks up balls ''like a child gathering Easter eggs.''
— The New York Times