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Baseball is a game of inches. But Frank Ryder throws so hard that the inches are disappearing. He’s changing the game. Some think he’s breaking it. Will the game shut him down? That risk is secondary for Frank. He’s got his own demons to worry about first.
An engaging story of a rookie breaking into the big leagues coupled with interesting ideas of how baseball adapts as human performance challenges the existing dimensions.
I've got increasingly disappointed by the run of Amazon Prime first reads recently. It was nice to get something a bit different. Although I live in the UK I'm a big baseball fan (Go Red Sox) so I was interested to read this. I thought some of the 'politics' about Frank's pitching being too hard for the good of the game somewhat unbelievable. Fans will always go the see great pitching and whilst hitting and runs are great the games purists appreciate the art of the pitcher.
Likewise some of the dramatic moments were a bit forced but overall and entertaining and interesting read.
Please can we have more choices like this rather than some of the predictable and dull crime thrillers that are usually offered?
As a long time Orioles fan, and a lover of the game, this book reminded me of how lucky I was to grow up with the real team in Baltimore. A great story, that will make you revisit your beliefs about a game that has evolved into a cut throat business. Engaging plot lines and the human elements will bring you smiles,tears and many new dreams. I highly recommend this book! It was a treat to read.
Great story within a story! Of how team sports can change life. How tragedy can result in good things if you fight against the depression and don’t let it suck you in. A story about how you can effect change from within if you confront the tragedy, talk it out with someone who understands. How kindness and concern for others can lead to a sense of belonging and meaning to your life.
The basic story was very good and the ending was very satisfying. However, I felt the story lagged quite a bit through the middle half of the book. The issues raised were important but far too much time was spent on this portion of the story.
I enjoyed this book so much! The story is very engaging and Frank Ryder is so relatable. You don’t have to be into baseball, or any other sport, to really enjoy this book. Baseball is just the vehicle for the story, and a good one at that.
I don’t follow sports, and it’s been years since I’ve been to a baseball game. So if you’re not into sports, this book is still very enjoyable. I have some first hand experience with baseball and that brought this book a little closer to home for me. My brother played little league for a few years, and our dad coached. I’ve spent a lot of time in the dugout as scorekeeper and really loved those kids. I lived in Apopka when we went against Japan in the Little League World Series. We have family in Vero Beach and saw the Dodger’s spring training games. Baseball is the only sport I ever wanted to play, but I was a girl and softball wasn’t the same, so I watched from the stands and the dugouts and adopted “There’s no crying in baseball” as my mantra.
I found myself rereading sections because I wanted to savor them. The scenes were so vivid that I could see the dust on the field, feel the humidity in the air, hear the crack of the bat as it connected with the ball, and feel the bass sound of the ball as it thwapped against the catcher’s mitt. It was similar to listening to a sportscaster on the radio who can call the play by plays so vividly that you can see the game in your head. It wasn’t a bunch of statistics and numbers that don’t mean anything to the average person. It’s a story of determination, perseverance, family, forgiveness, dedication and love. It goes beyond baseball and that’s what makes this book truly special.
This was a bit hard for me to follow, as I am not an avid follower of baseball. It ended up being a great story full of redemption, forgiveness, and how working your butt off can pay off. It deals with the inner fight of guilt and what it can do to you physically and emotionally. Very deep about how important mental health can be.