Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop

By Michael Bishop

In 1943, with the rustic at struggle, seventeen-year-old shortstop Danny Boles joins a category C baseball farm membership and units out on an odyssey into unusual relationships, dramatic escapades, and classes approximately lifestyles, goals, hope, and turning out to be up. Reprint. NYT. PW. okay.

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We also talked about how unfair it was that Arizona and Florida got to have spring training every year, and then had been awarded three expansion franchises between them as well. We were unsure as to whether we should appeal to the major league office or the Supreme Court or the United Nations, but we were, and still are, certain that we have a grievance. Then I just happened to remember that I had put a bag of balls in the trunk of the car that morning when we left for the basketball game, and she grinned.

In our hearts we know better, but it is April, the season when all things are possible. The first batter for the Cubs slaps the ball on about four hops to the shortstop. Nunez gloves it cleanly and guns it to first. Just like batting practice, I think to myself, only without the screens. 35 robert benson Two more hitters, two more swings, two fly balls lifted to the outfield, two more outs. The side is retired and the home team comes to bat. This is why they practice these simple things over and over.

The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it stops. A . B A R T L E T T G I A M AT T I The Yale Alumni Magazine cubs 1st (Sounds 0, Cubs 0)—Myers grounds out to Nunez at shortstop.

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