By Dan Barry
“Bottom of the 33rd is chaw-chewing, sunflower-spitting, pine tar facts that an excessive amount of baseball is rarely enough.” —Jane Leavy, writer of The final Boy and Sandy Koufax
“What a book—an beautiful workout in story-telling, democracy and myth-making.” —Colum McCann, winner of the nationwide booklet Award for Let the good global Spin
From Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry comes the fantastically stated tale of the longest online game in baseball history—a story celebrating not just the strong depth of baseball, however the aspirational perfect epitomized by way of the hard-fighting gamers of the minor leagues. within the culture of Moneyball, The final Hero, and Wicked stable Year, Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd is a reaffirming tale of the yank Dream discovering its maximum expression in undying contests of the nice American hobby.
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Back to Hurst. Flips it over to first base, the side is retired, as Logan is out of there, one to three…. “We started this game at eight o’clock last night,” Drew says, trailing off for what seems like hours in radio time. “Now approaching three forty-five in the morning on Easter Sunday morning. And happy Easter to all of you back there in Rochester. Hope you’re enjoying Red Wing baseball. “Here in the wee morning, in the wee minutes—or hours—of the morning on Easter Sunday. If we get a little mixed up you’ll have to excuse us a little bit.
The count goes to oh and two, to Wade Boggs, the third baseman for Pawtucket…. “No balls and two strikes to Boggs. Here’s the pitch. There’s a fly ball to center field. That should be in there for a base hit. ” But the wondrously strange something happening here is in addition to baseball—besides baseball. It is something just beyond the articulation of those few still in the ballpark, as though this modest piece of Pawtucket broke free of time’s restraints with the first pitch at eight o’clock last night to become a community apart, afloat, unrelated now to anything beyond the ballpark’s lights.
Now starting. In Pawtucket. Jonesy. He needs just eleven pitches. Groundout to second; groundout to first; line out to second. Done. Drew, the Rochester broadcaster, has tried to describe the weather conditions, but his words fall short: “A cool and windy night here in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the wind blowing right in from center field. ” Chilly? Though the thermometer reads 45 degrees, the April night air carries an early December bluster with a January bite. Football weather, for Christ’s sake.