Baseball Dads

Baseball Dads

by Matthew S. Hiley


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An irreverent black comedy about sex, drugs, murder… and children's baseball.

Dwayne Devero is just like you and me, except he simply doesn’t give a s**t any more. He’s had enough. He’s done with people living life wrong. You’ll do it right, or he’ll bury you under the bases at the ballpark where he coaches. It’s just that simple.

Tired of poor decisions being made all around him, from the politics of player positions on his son's little league baseball team to the philandering of his wife in his own bedroom, Dwayne decides that breaking is better than bending. What follows is a wild ride full of carnage and revenge, led by a man who will stop at absolutely nothing to bring honor back to his family, his community… and children's baseball.

Baseball Dads is a pitch black comedy in which one man takes on the duty of bludgeoning honor back into a sometimes dishonorable world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626342033
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 833,804
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Baseball Dads is Matthew S. Hiley’s third novel. His first, 2010’s Hubris Falls, met with much critical acclaim and dealt, in very raw language, with the taboo realities of race, religion, and politics. His second novel, 2011’s The Candidates: Based on a True Country, is a dark and absurd comedy in which the author takes swipes at the hypocrisy and self-serving nature of those leading the country, as well as the fame whores in reality television.

Hiley’s books always contain a strong message. Sure, you may have to wade through some harsh language, crazy sex, and a plethora of drugs to find it. . . . But it’s there, and it might just slap you in the face when you’re least expecting it.

Hiley was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife have four children together, along with five dogs, six cats, and two lizards. A terrible musician, a reprehensible fisherman, a less-than-mediocre golfer, and a talentless children’s baseball coach, Hiley has found his place in life as a writer whose voice is sharp, witty, and unafraid.

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Baseball Dads 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
SEX, DRUGS AND…kids baseball? Yup, “Baseball Dad” is a ridiculous romp that follows four friends to through the tail end of their son’s little league season. Tragedy befalls the team and the dads step in to fill the void. Add in some drugs, booze, murder and a run to the championship game and you’ve got yourself a doozy of a tale. Cleverly written and often funny (I laughed so much that my wife commented on it), I highly recommend this book as it gets one of my not so frequent 5 star ratings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love dark, funny humor and sports stores. This book had all of that!!
RGThomas More than 1 year ago
I will admit this book is a litle unrealistic and was difficult to get into. However, I was hooked by the third chapter, and despite its awfulness and poor editing, it was good. Imagine a cross between Macbeth, Fight Club, and Fifty Shades of Gray and Baseball Dads is what you get. Who knew wealthy parents of child athletes could get involved in so much trouble? If you like 80s murder mysteries, rat pack drama, and foul-mouthed hilarity - then this is the book for you. Be patient. It seems like all of the action happens in Chapter 2, but thats not even half of it. 3/5 out of 5 stars. Dwayne, Tommy, Steve, and Russ are group of baseball dads who have more than one thing in common. When Russ accidentally witnesses the umpire commit murder and does nothing about it, things escalate. The four become their own vigilante group - sort of - in an effort to make the team fair for their boys AND get to the playoffs. After all, why should the son of the coach get all the good spots? There is a lot of kinky sex and pot smoking going on behind the wealthy walls of this novel to keep things even more interesting. Does Russ turn the murderer in to the police? Does blackmail work? Do the four get caught? If you want to know what happens, youll have to read the book.
DDBean More than 1 year ago
Murder and mayhem have never been more hilarious. Baseball dads by Matthew S. Hiley had me laughing until I was crying throughout most of the book. I was not sure what I would think about this book, but decided to give it a try because the description intrigued me. There are several points in the book that will hit home for any parent with children in sports. We all also have that one “friend” that just makes you want to hide in the nearest hole. High-society pressure, “daddy baseball” and life in general send one man and his friends on a path of vengeance. You will enjoy their antics almost as much as you will be appalled by their behavior. I know that does not make sense, but once you read this story you will understand.  I give this book 5 stars because it has been a while since I was so thoroughly entertained while reading a book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves humor thrown into their stories. 
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
"Baseball Dads" is a dark satire set in Fort Worth--it starts off harmlessly enough on the baseball diamond as a group of fathers gripe about their sons' playtime, but soon it descends into a violent, often zany madness. The group of dads in question are all upper class and successful; they're also fairly terrible people who don't think anything of cocaine, affairs, and various other vices. When they decide to put a scare into an umpire, Dwayne is at first against it, but when the coach winds up murdered, Dwayne starts looking at his life again and realizes he can't stand it. This leads him down a path of homicidal mania, though along the way he manages to reconnect passionately with his wife, still make it to his son's games, and even wind up with an orangutan wookie… "Baseball Dads" is a fun, fast-paced read that stays entertaining all the way through (though if you don't like dark, tongue-in-cheek books, it wont be your thing). The characters are all fairly despicable--even Dwayne, who at first appears to be the nice guy and the voice of reason, turns out to be terrible. That does make them oddly likeable, though their utter lack of remorse for not having any redeeming qualities is part of the books charm. I especially liked the scene where Dwayne dresses down his friends' wives, and there are plenty of funny jabs at the lifestyle of the upper crust. The book is also well-written and more than a little madcap. Some of the violence is over the top for me, but I understand why it's there and the purpose it served, even if it made me a bit queasy. If you like books such as "American Psycho" or dark shows such as "Nip/Tuck," you will probably enjoy "Baseball Dads."
Shaka2U More than 1 year ago
Baseball Dads - A Love Story by Matthew S. Hiley is one heck of a ride literally. Who knew so much fun could be had when you mix crazy neighborhood politics with little league football and murder. Hiley you may be on to something with this writing style and I agree no one wants "Daddy Baseball." I could not put this novel down, the main characters Dwayne, Tommy, Steve and Russ cracked me up. Their weird friendship truly makes this story excellent in my opinion. Everyone has at least one crazy friend in this case there were four. I am not really into the sport of baseball but reading this book I found myself really cheering and pulling for the Tigers little league team. Cannot wait to read more by Hiley!!
JulieGB More than 1 year ago
A true baseball dad is one who never does concession stands or bathroom breaks, and definitely never sits. Dwayne, Russ, Tommy, and Steve are true baseball dads. Their group bonding comes from their sons being on the same team. Dwayne’s son, Alex, is the best on the team, with the other three’s sons being next best. The team coach, Ricky Dale always left them on the bench or playing worse spots on the team. In fact, Coach Dale always gave his son the best spot, and his rich friends’ sons always got to play, even though none were good. Each of the baseball dads had gotten tired of this. One night Russ is witness to Umpire Dave committing a murder. He anonymously blackmails Dave into killing Coach Dale. This works out great until Assistant Coach Pete takes over and nothing changes. Dwayne has had enough and takes matters in his own hands by killing Pete and taking over as coach. Before it’s over with, there are double-digit murders, but the team makes the playoffs. And to the baseball dads, that’s all that matters. Truthfully, I didn’t think I would like this book, since it was about baseball. I’m not a sports fan. But this book was hilarious and I hated for it to end. My family thought I was crazy because I was laughing out loud so much while reading it. Please, please, please tell me that they’ll make it a movie.  If you’re familiar with American Pie’s Steven Stifler, you will understand when I say that Russ is at least ten times worse than Stifler. And the comical textings that the group did had me rolling. I liked the ending too. If there is a second book, I guarantee you I’ll read it. 
MichaelBeas More than 1 year ago
What else can be said about this book other then WOW!  Main Character Dwayne Devero is my new comedic hero in a wired kind of way that left me laughing and pondering my own breaking point. If you have a faint stomach for a bit of gore and corny / almost near impossible sex, or if you are going to nit pick the grammar used in this book then simply don’t buy it, because it has all of that and a bag of chips. This book is filled with “some” vulgar language as well as “some” pretty hardcore scenes; notice the emphasis on the quotations over my use of the word “Some.”  This is also not a “love story” in any shape or way of the word, however I liked the correlation within the title and irony that love does, in many ways…. Hurt. I felt that this book is the best I have read in the genre of comedic satire. At times I have to admit that I was even rooting for Dwayne Devero. Even through his actions are not something that I would ever partake in, it does come across and touch on many aspects that I felt are blown out of proportion to prove a point of how sometimes dads can get over stressed with the realities of life. Sometimes we too just want to go into a dark room and scream with frustration. However, times life this is when we have to step up and take the high road to a better outcome. This book is intended to be comedic satire and is not to be taken in the literal sense. With that said I felt that was the message, albeit indirectly that the author was trying to portray in this story.  Once again a word of warning in case you are considering buying this book. Come into it with an open mind and let the book sweep you away into some fun and laughs that will leave you wide-eyed and open-mouthed late into the midnight hours. Definitely a book that I will be thinking about during the next little league baseball game.  4 Stars review, mainly for all of the language use. It was funny, but felt it was a bit over the top for my personal taste. Again it’s Dark Humor and was funny to a certain extent so don’t let the 4 stars deter you from checking this one out. 
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
I hate baseball. This is a very unpopular sentiment as I now live in a baseball town, with some of the best baseball fans on earth. I appreciate what it does for the local economy, and yes, haters, I understand the game. I just don’t find it enjoyable. This book, though, was right up my alley. For those of you diehards there is plenty of baseball, and for those of you into sarcasm noire Baseball Dads definitely is a love story. I will warn you, there is a lot of language, drugs and impossible porny sex, so don’t read it if you have a sensitive stomach. There is also a character who cannot text to save his life, for all you grammar nazis out there. But the basic gist of the story is one Dad, Dwayne, is tired of his talented son being overlooked on his baseball team because he refuses to play into the social politics that is apparently very common in Texas youth sports. Rather than kiss up to the coach, he arranges for him to meet his untimely demise. Then the same for the assistant coach. And whoever else gets in his way. He develops a superhero bro code that the other dads can’t live up to, and takes off righting social injustices in their warped little community. On the way he rekindles the love with his wife, wins the respect of his son when he steps in to coach, and becomes America’s underdog with his superhero antics. Keep in mind, this is clearly satire. I think it seems pretty clear, but just in case. If you identify with anyone who gets killed, this book is probably not the best one for you. But if you agree with author Matthew Hiley’s disgust for hypocrisy everywhere, and don’t mind that despite the language the biggest insult hurled is being called a Democrat, then the book is darkly hilarious. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to do the things to that person in your life that you’ve always imagined, Dwayne Devero actually gets the chance to do those things. Assuming you are not naturally inclined to give in to homicidal tendencies, you should find this story extremely cathartic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome. This is one of the wildest books I've ever read. It's tear-jerkingly funny, sexy, bloody, and terribly offensive. It's the best and most original book I've read in a long while.