Just before the All-Star break, rumors start about Alex being traded to the Washington Presidents after their Superstar infielder Bruce Hammersly goes down with an injury.
Alex grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC and lived on Johnson Avenue, a couple of Backyards from the house of his baseball idol, Walter Johnson, "The Big Train".
Ironically, his emotional world changes when his team Doctor introduces a new pain medication. He decides to take his girlfriend of five years, Sally Keegan PhD, an Associate Professor at nearby Park University, home to Bethesda during the four day All-Star break.
Physically Alex finds his power stroke and becomes Baseball's hottest hitter. As his feelings for Sally reach new heights, Alex starts to come to grips with many new emotions about his past family history.
As the trade deadline approaches, the young Kansas City Crowns are surging towards first place. Crowns owner Larry Garson, who treats Alex as a son he never had, refuses to consider trading him and his big contract. Crowns General Manager Frank Fellows knows that he could use the ten million in savings for veteran pitching talent and young prospects in a trade for Santucci.
Will Alex's future be now in Kansas City or will his destiny be fulfilled in "Big Train's Backyard" of Washington DC!
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About the Author
His first book "Big Train's Backyard" was written in 2012 and published in March 2013. His current book "The Safety" was written in 2012-14 and published in July 2015. Both are based on the fictional Finelli family and the athletic greatness of half-brothers Alex in baseball and Guy in football.
The Author had three distinct careers before entering full-time writing in 2012. The first was a seventeen period that included being a youth counselor out of college, and then becoming a clinical psychotherapist after graduate school, working mainly in family therapy. The second career involved a ten year period of co-owning and managing a supply business of finishing products to cabinet makers and furniture refinishers. The third career was a ten year period in the real estate business selling and rebuilding houses.
He has spent most of the past four winters in their condo on the beach in Cape Canaveral, Florida walking on the sand, swimming in the ocean, playing golf, going to spring training games and watching the occasional space lift-off. Each day finding inspiration seeing the sun rising, hearing the crashing waves, feeling the storms rolling through and smelling the night air as moon crosses the sky.