Disappointing given the hype. This novel probably should have been half its length and focused on the baseball story of Henry the shortstop and his mentor Schwartz at Westish College in Wisconsin. The addition of a gay relationship and a girlfriend for Schwartz added little to the central relationship. In fact, the additional characters nudge the story into the spectacular sentimentality and unbelievable plot point which with it ends. This makes for a 2 star novel, but I stuck with it and enjoyed it some.