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Changing Pitches: A Novel of Love and Baseball

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  107 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Scotty MacKay is a left handed fastballer for the Washington Senators-but at 36, his fastball isn't so hot anymore, his team is in last place, and his girlfriend's playing a pitcher of Kool Aid on a TV commercial. Convinced by catcher Buddy Budlong to develop a curveball, Scotty is poised for a comeback-until Buddy's knocked out of commission and leaves Scotty teamed with ...more
Paperback, Author Guild Edition, 276 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by (first published May 1st 1984)
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Katie M.
Apr 21, 2010 Katie M. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I confess I couldn't wait to read this book. Ostensibly-straight pro baseball player named Scotty starts crushing hard on his handsome teammate and ends up with, and I quote, "a major league problem on his hands"??? It sounded so bad that it HAD to be good. Tragically, it's just bad enough to be AWFUL, and not even in the you-secretly-kitschily-love-it way.

***Spoilers ahoy. But they're only things you should really, really know if you plan on reading this book. Don't worry, you never will, so go
Apr 22, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, done, fiction, 2012
Very good novel about a major league baseball pitcher who, at 36, is heading the last place team in the league as he slowly realizes he needs to make some changes in his personal and professional lives.
Dec 18, 2008 Kendra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as wonderful as Kluger's other, more recent books. I believe this is Kluger's first novel, and it shows. Characters don't seem quite as developed in this book as they are in his other books, though they are still likeable. I didn't laugh out loud or cry, I just turned each page waiting for the end. If I'd read this one before his other books, I'm not sure I would have read the others. I won't be buying this one, but I still suggest that if you like Kluger's books, you might as well read this ...more
Apr 06, 2010 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read2009
I'll never be able to work up to the rant that the Phoenix airport was graced with after I finished this book and called Katie to sympathize. That was a cathartic layover. But I'm sure I can come up with a few of the reasons this book is out of print. For starters, it's pretty much a fraud to call this a gay romance - it's not very romantic and is rather offensively not gay. I'm not sure I ever got a sense of what any of the characters looked like or why they liked each other. There's a lot of b ...more
Found this while working my way through Kluger's bibliography. I so loved "My Most Excellent Year," "Last Days of Summer," and "Almost Like Being in Love" that I had to see what else he wrote. "Changing Pitches" was his first novel and it shows. Kluger uses a similar narrative device of notes, newspaper clippings, letters, journal entries, etc. (no emails, online chats, faxes, yet!). While I still like the book, the characters weren't as well-developed and I couldn't connect with them as well. A ...more
While not as fantastic as Almost Like Being in Love this still bears the Halmark of a Steve Kluger book. The narration of his characters is brilliant. The conversations are so realistic and funny.

I admit to feeling a little lost due to my complete lack of knowledge to any and all things baseball, but even so I was interested and amused enough to not really care.

Scotty is going through a kinda mid life crisis I guess you could say. Along the way we get to meet a few characters that are importan
Dec 20, 2009 Kirsten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure what I was expecting from this book-- maybe a little more romance, as that's how it was described to me? It was still a really good read, stayed up late at night to finish it. My only quibble is that the ending was a little open and unresolved. Lead character had two roads and didn't really settle for either of them, but seems to be trying to have both. I loved all the baseball talk and the unique style of the book. Also it's nice to see a lead character who isn't a cookie-cutter hero, ...more
notes, 4 years late: fictional 1980s "Ball Four" with a monogamous bisexual protagonist, in a universe where the Washington Senators never relocated to Arlington. Yes, I said the Bi Word. Book couldn't have ended any other way than how it did; this is mainstream fiction, not m/m romance. Sorry. Main problem is that I kept thinking of protagonist as Scott McGregor; welcome to 1980s Orioles fandom.
Jul 24, 2007 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
was not expecting the gay love story angle. after last days of summer (favorite book of all time) i found this to be less enjoyable. granted it was up against impossible odds and i will say that i still read it cover to cover. i didn't hate it but i do not sing its praises either.
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Steve Kluger is an author and playwright, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1952, who grew up with only two heroes: Tom Seaver and Ethel Merman. Few were able to grasp the concept. A veteran of "Casablanca" and a graduate of "The Graduate," he has written extensively on subjects as far ranging as World War II, rock and roll, and the Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the Boston Red S ...more
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“What do you mean Taurus? he frowns. I'm not a Taurus.

You were born on the cusp, I remind him. Jason merely shrugs.

Shows what you know, Scotty, I was born in Ohio.

I can take him anywhere but out.”
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