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Sometimes You See It Coming

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Based in part on the life of baseball legend Ty Cobb, this book belongs in the pantheon of great baseball novels.

John Barr is the kind of player who isn't supposed to exist anymore. An all-around superstar, he plays the game with a single-minded ferocity that makes his New York Mets team all but invincible. Yet Barr himself is a mystery with no past, no friends, no women,
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published 1993)
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Feb 16, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
I don’t know if major league baseball is as colorful as Kevin Baker makes it out to be in Sometimes You See It Coming, but in his telling, it certainly is the “big show”—big in characters, memories, melancholy, joy, successes, failure, pathos, and strength.

Joe Barr, whose father was the laughingstock of their little New England town, has escaped his inglorious childhood and emerged to become the predominant player of his era. Unflappable behind the plate and in the field, he leads his Mets to fo
May 13, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I've read a few baseball novels and non-fiction and this one was so completely alive that I really wish "they" would make a movie on it. Baker drew the characters so well, any actor would have a blueprint. And his descriptive prose is so rich for the senses, if you've been to the ballpark you'll be transported and if you've never been, you may not have to. One odd sensation while reading was that I kept forgetting what decade the present tense parts were in. I'm not sure if that was intentional ...more
May 25, 2008 Samir rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this baseball book called Sometimes you see it Coming by Kevin Baker and I compare this book to my favorite baseball movie Field of Dreams.
This book is about a baseball team and their experience in a successful season. The baseball team is the Mets that it follows. What this book has is that attraction to it. The magic of the book keeps you in tune with it. You feel like you are at the stadium watching the game by the way the author uses specific details and imagery to de
Jul 03, 2016 grundoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Ostensibly a Greatest Player Who Ever Lived tale, it's arguably more a comedic story about the terrible manager during his final season, but either way, the twist is that the guy's a tight-lipped, single-minded enigma. Fans, teammates, sportswriters alike - nobody knows a thing about him beyond his stats. Told through a number of voices, including a "color commentary" narrator, only the reader slowly learns of his background. Well, almost... things unexpectedly take a big turn with many page ...more
Sep 27, 2010 Kerry rated it it was amazing
another great story. Guess I might be too easy since I either love or hate a book. This was a great baseball narrative, can't alway say the story hung together that well and at times I actually had to write down who was who as the characters were known by as many as three names--much like real baseball players, their own real name, their nick name and what other players referred to them as and a times how they called themselves. It got very confusing but it never lost me. I love baseball so if y ...more
Sep 06, 2008 Jess rated it really liked it
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No matter your level of baseball devotion, this is a charming, well-developed love letter to the sport, full of memorable characters and hilarious anecdotes. I've loved Baker's other novels for their ability to immerse me in another New York, and while this one (despite being about a fictional incarnation of the Mets) wasn't quite so New Yorky, the world was just as absorbing as in his other books.
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Kevin Baker is the author of the New York, City of Fire trilogy: Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Strivers Row. Most recently, he's been writing about politics for Harper's Magazine and the New York Observer.
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