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Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry
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Jul 16, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: baseball
Read from July 08 to 14, 2011

This book is a wonder! It is an insightful look into professional baseball’s longest game and just about everyone who had some part in it, who they are, what brought them here on this historic night, and what became of them. The game began on a Holy Saturday night and spilled over to Easter morning, appropriate timing because the story though true seems unbelievable.

The game stayed in progress so long that it became equal parts inspiration and desperation, much like some of the player’s careers. This game and the players involved in it are both tossed coins that have yet to land… questions without answers. There is a parallel here for many of the “Triple A” players who devoted their lives to baseball, now just one step away from the major leagues, so close it could happen today or maybe never. The teams represent a broad spectrum of possibility, two of the players are future Hall of Famers, Cal Ripken Jr. and Wade Boggs, but for many this would be the pinnacle of their climb through the ranks of baseball. Likewise, the game seemed like it could be won at any time, but for inning after inning there was no resolution only opportunity.

If you want to recreate that edge of your seat feeling that you get sometimes watching a baseball game, read this book.

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