By Ken Moraff
In an the USA ravaged via the good melancholy, a skilled yet ragtag baseball group units out to alter the area. Barnstorming the again roads and dusty ballparks of the Midwest, the Racine Robins rally lovers to the populist reason, elevating funds for soup kitchens and strike cash whilst they thrill small-town crowds and dazzle rivals at the box. but successful the hearts and minds of the folk seems to be more straightforward for the avid gamers than dealing with the dual seductions of affection and cash, conflicting wishes that threaten to derail every little thing they're battling to accomplish. After a surprising April storm from snow forces the Robins to discover take care of within the Rockefeller lodge, occasions are set in movement that may switch the way in which they view their workforce and every different.
Can this difficult, tight-knit team remain real to its nice reason while ambition and longing come knocking?
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Mickey took off her mask and spit in the direction of the drunk guys. ” He and his friends thought that was brilliantly clever, and they congratulated themselves on their originality by clinking beers. “Ah, blow it out your rear end,” Mickey snorted, turning away from them to concentrate on Connie Wisniewski’s fastballs. I wondered about the men in the stands. If the able-bodied American men were fighting the war in Europe or the South Pacific, who were these guys? They must be too old to be drafted, too young, or have something wrong with them, I concluded.
This was different. This was my all-time fantasy. This had been my dream ever since I was, well, eleven. This, I concluded, must be what heaven is like. Then, of course, somebody had to go and flip on the lights. “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! ” You would have thought a swarm of killer bees or a pack of man-eating bears had invaded the locker room. But it was just me, sitting on the floor and minding my own business. I put my hands over my ears to prevent my eardrums from exploding. ” one of the girls shrieked.
I turned to look at the heckler. ” the guy replied. ” The guys next to him, who looked just as drunk, laughed appreciatively. “Let ’em razz me,” Mickey told me. ” “Oh, big girl,” one of the drunks yelled sarcastically. “She can handle herself. ” Mickey took off her mask and spit in the direction of the drunk guys. ” He and his friends thought that was brilliantly clever, and they congratulated themselves on their originality by clinking beers. “Ah, blow it out your rear end,” Mickey snorted, turning away from them to concentrate on Connie Wisniewski’s fastballs.