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|ISBN:||0517590883 : 9780517590881|
|Description:||326 p. ; 24 cm.|
No interests outside of hitting a baseball as hard and as far as he can. Not even Rapid Ricky Falls, a.k.a. "The Old Swizzlehead," his shrewd, streetwise teammate, can get a handle on him. Neither can Ellie Jay, the jaded sportswriter who can outthink, outdrink, and out-write any man in the press box. She wants to think she admires Barr's skill on a ballfield, but suspects she might be in love with a man who isn't really there. Barr leads the Mets to one championship.
After another. Then chaos arrives in the person of new manager Charli Stanzi, well-known psychopath. As The Old Swizzlehead tells it, strange and dire things begin to happen. Under Stanzi's careful tutelage, the team simply falls apart. Then Barr himself inexplicably starts to unravel. For the first time in his life, his formidable skills fail him, and only Falls and Ellie Jay can help - if he will let them. Hanging in the balance are his sanity, the World Series, and.
True love. Kevin Baker has written a sometimes exuberant, sometimes rueful novel, not only about the glorious game of baseball, but about the bittersweet, far more complicated game of life.