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September 5th, 2010

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09:17 am
I read another book from the library, finishing yesterday, called Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks by Zack Hample, even though I have very limited interest in baseball. It's a very readable item, and worth it for anyone who needs a better understanding of the game.

That said, there's a bit more to reading this than what I wrote above and posted to the fifty book challenge group.

You see, I first heard about this book three years ago, not long after my father's demise, and my first thought was "Hey, I need to tell Dad about this book!", and then I almost started crying, since, of course, I couldn't. Then, I thought about buying it for my nephew, but I didn't.

About a year later, the Book Lover's Calendar (one of those page a day things, with a different book review on each tear off page, mentioned this book again.

So when I started up looking at the library website again, I ordered it.

Why? I mean, I haven't any interest in baseball, never really have. But Dad loved the game; he'd watch it on TV for hours during the season.

I found that when I was reading it, I had more of a connection to my father than I've had in many years, not just since his death. That made this book very special to me.

So, it's a pretty good read, and a nice review for those who like the game.

Check it out.

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Date:September 8th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing your special thoughts about this book.

I'm going to the library this weekend to get it.
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Date:September 9th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
Most libraries these days have online search capability, and will order the book from wherever it sits to your local library, so try searching it. I got it from a Riverside County library, sent in two days to the Montclair Library, a San Bernardino County Library.

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