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Fenway Fever by John H. Ritter
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May 17, 12

bookshelves: baseball, community, families, heroes, ncbla2013
Read in May, 2012

This new title by John H. Ritter may well be the feel-good book of the year, and deservedly so. The plot revolves around Stats Pagano, born with a heart defect, and his Boston family, all rabid Boston Red Sox fans. The family has had season tickets for 72 years, and they make a living selling hot dogs at the games. The team heads into a losing streak, which causes Stats's favorite baseball, pitcher Billee Orbitt, to be removed from the roster for a brief time. Billee becomes convinced that the harmony of Fenway Park has been disrupted, and together, he and Stats take steps to put things back into the proper order so that the Sox will win again and all will be right in Stats's world. There are all sorts of coincidences or maybe miracles in the book, which is filled with moments of pathos, heroism, mysticism, and wonder. I couldn't help echoing the comments Stats makes about Boston Red Sox fans and the team they love and his exhortation to look up since you've already seen what lies below you. I've never understood why fans expect their teams to win every game they play or why their loyalty seems so fickle. Maybe that has something to do with the salaries being paid to many professional athletes or the money being made from ticket holders, but in this book, there is no mention of those concerns, just the love of the game and a reminder from a young boy about what the game of baseball is really all about. Although Red Sox fans will gobble this one up, other baseball fans and anyone who likes seeing the underdog win will enjoy it too. This seamlessly written book will make readers believe in all sorts of miracles.
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