A Globe and Mail Best Book
A National Post Best Book of the Year
A passionate ode to baseball, its culture, and its community, which both celebrates and challenges the game – and reminds us why it really matters.
For Stacey May Fowles, the game of baseball is one of "long pauses punctuated by tiny miracles." In this entertaining and thoughtful book, Fowles gives us a refreshingly candid and personal perspective on subjects ranging from bat flips to bandwagoners, from the romance of spring training to the politics of booing, from the necessity of taking a hard look at players' injuries and mental health issues to finding solace at the ballpark.
Fowles confronts head-on the stereotype that female fans lack real knowledge about the game, and also calls out the "boys will be boys" attitude and its implications both on and off the field. She also shares her reverence for the no-hitter, her memories of going to the ballpark with her dad, and the challenges of falling in love with someone who didn't like baseball. Throughout the book, she offers exhilarating snapshots of the Toronto Blue Jays' 2015 and 2016 seasons, and gathers a selection of inspiring "baseball life advice" quotes from players and others that provide unexpected insight into how we could all live better lives.
With remarkable verve, intelligence, and an unabashed enthusiasm, Fowles explores how we can use the lens of baseball to examine who we are. And in this passionate ode to the game, its culture, and its community, she reminds us that although baseball can break your heart, it will always find a way to make it whole again.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
While struggling with debilitating depression, Toronto writer Stacey May Fowles fell in love with baseball. Her thoughtful, poignant essay collection shines a light on the emotional and philosophical meanings to be found on the game's field. With detailed observations about specific matchups and players (the Blue Jays' near-miss during the 2015 ALCS is a bittersweet highlight), Fowles explores issues ranging from domestic violence to the parallels between infidelity and performance-enhancing drug use. Drawing on the triumphs, traumas, and team dynamics of baseball, she offers deep insights into our own lives.