By Dan Barry
“Bottom of the 33rd is chaw-chewing, sunflower-spitting, pine tar evidence that an excessive amount of baseball isn't 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 publication Award for Let the good global Spin
From Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry comes the superbly stated tale of the longest video game in baseball history—a story celebrating not just the powerful depth of baseball, however the aspirational excellent 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 yankee Dream discovering its maximum expression in undying contests of the good American hobby.
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But they cannot go on like this forever. Time, once a quiet comfort, is now impatient, and clearing its throat. Every one of these players, young and not so, will move on, but Ben Mondor, the seen-it-all owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, will still be here, taking his position outside the box office, as he did tonight, to thank the fans for their support. At fifty-six, he has the assured bearing of one who grew up Depression poor, saw action in World War II, and worked hard to make his millions; a short man, he seems tall.
Why did you stay? Because we are bound by duty. Because we aspire to greater things. Because we are loyal. Because, in our own secular way, we are celebrating communion, and resurrection, and possibility. Here now is the earnest, skinny batboy, nicknamed “Panic,” whose single mother, frantic since the turn of midnight, has already driven to the ballpark and demanded that he come home immediately. But his friends, his surrogate fathers, are engaged in something historic, and a small piece of it belongs to him.
Bank at the Pawtucket Credit Union. Use the fine writing instruments of Cross. Dine at the Mei-King Restaurant, enjoy Hendrie’s ice cream, savor a drink at the Blarney Stone Pub. Hope. Finally, at eight o’clock, a half hour late, the umpires determine that the faulty stadium lights are blanketing the field with sufficient brightness. The dedicated switch flipping of Killer and his City of Pawtucket colleagues has succeeded—though the stadium tower in left-center still refuses to release its light.