The New York Yanquis

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George Bremenhaven, the principal owner of the New York Yankees, is steaming mad. In fact, he's had it up to here (gesture to throat). Why? He's sick and tired of paying his spoiled millionaire ball players to go through the motions of playing the National Pastime only to finish a sorry fourth - or if they try a little, maybe third - year in and year out. Or worse, seeing them go out on strike the one season when it looks as if a pennant, and maybe the Series, might finally be his. Fortunately for George and the ...
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George Bremenhaven, the principal owner of the New York Yankees, is steaming mad. In fact, he's had it up to here (gesture to throat). Why? He's sick and tired of paying his spoiled millionaire ball players to go through the motions of playing the National Pastime only to finish a sorry fourth - or if they try a little, maybe third - year in and year out. Or worse, seeing them go out on strike the one season when it looks as if a pennant, and maybe the Series, might finally be his. Fortunately for George and the fair city of New York, he has a clever - no, diabolically perfect - solution in mind: he'll fire the bums and hire a bunch of replacement players for a fraction of his current $50-million team salary. Through a deal with his cronies in Washington, and with both the connivance of the State Department and the blessing of El Supremo himself, Fidel Castro, Bremenhaven signs up a squad of hard-playing, baseball-loving Cubans - transforming the Bronx Bombers into the New York Yanquis. To handle his new team and hot-tamale situation, George retains one player from the old Yankees, a thirty-eight-year-old relief pitcher, Ryan Shawn, who may be over the hill but has the virtue of speaking Spanish...sort of. George, like most owners, is pigheaded, greedy, and utterly immoral. Ryan, like most vets, has seen enough of baseball to know he wants one more turn in the Big Dance. Thus the devilish pact is signed and sealed. Shawn handpicks the team in Cuba, meets Fidel (learning, among other things, that he uses Old Spice by the gallon), and brings his twenty-four kids back to the Big Apple. Throughout the long season Ryan has to nurse homesick Cubans while he copes with furious fans and a hostile press; coddle George; steer his surprisingly successful "Yanquis" toward first place; and play cupid for his star hitter. There is also the not-so-trifling matter of Charlene back in Houston, who is not going to wait forever before Ryan-the-Elusive pops the question. Then ther

In this rollicking baseball fable by the bestselling author of The November Man, the curmudgeonly owner of the New York Yankees engineers the ultimate response to the problems of inexcusable strike and over-priced ballplayers--fire the bums and replace them with Cubans!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If you manage to buy the premise of this baseball novel-a greedy Steinbrenner-like owner of the New York Yankees ditches his high-salaried, low-scoring players and replaces them with a crew of Cuban all-stars handpicked by Castro as part of some grand foreign-policy aperture-you are rewarded with a surprisingly entertaining novel. Veteran novelist and sportswriter Granger (The November Man) adroitly moves the zany events at top speed with just the right dialogue to make the scenario funny and vivid. Just when 38-year-old reliever Ryan Shawn reckons it's time to hang up his cleats, his crazed owner, George Bremenhaven, offers him a new deal: translate for (and eventually manage) the 24 Cuban kids set to replace the Yankees. Ryan grudgingly accepts the offer-and steps into a nest of deceit and government intrigue characterized by the mysterious harassment of those around him. When the tabloid-dubbed ``Yanquis'' make a run for the pennant, the pressure mounts-from the government, who would prefer they not win; from Bremenhaven, who insists they must; and from Castro, who holds Ryan responsible for the athletes' well-being. Though Ryan may strike some readers as an unlikely hero-a milquetoast drafted to leading-man status-that's all part of the fun in this sportive romp. (Apr.)
Wes Lukowsky
Granger, the prolific author best known for his November Man espionage series, takes on the baseball establishment in this funny, poignant, and pointed novel set just a couple of years into the future. Ryan Shawn was once a good pitcher, but after 13 years in the bigs, he's decided to retire. But then blustery, egomaniacal New York Yankee owner George Bremenhaven offers Shawn one more year as a pitcher if he'll also translate for the new players Bremenhaven is importing from Cuba, the product of a deal cut with Castro and ramrodded through the State Department. The Yankees' payroll will be cut by millions, and Bremenhaven figures the hustling young Cubans will win the pennant. When Sparky, the incumbent manager, can't deal with the language problem, Bremenhaven appoints Shawn manager. The rest of the novel is equal parts comedy, social commentary, and gee-whiz Chip Hilton sports novel as Shawn and the Cubans attain a mutual respect, pull together, and cut a swathe through the American League. Entertaining reading under any circumstance, but given the current labor conflict in major league baseball, it's also a timely examination of the state of the former national pastime.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559702898
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/3/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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