Monday, December 7, 2009
Review: Take Me Out To The Ballgame
For years, the Buffalo Matadors have been a miserable baseball team. But, the joke of the league becomes the Cinderella team of the nation when new owner, Harry Witowsky, begins exploiting the economic tension of the times to whip up fan enthusiasm. As the season progresses and the Mats start winning, "rooting for the home team" becomes increasingly ugly and violent. What happens if one fan forgets it's just a game?
Gary Morgenstein's Take Me Out to the Ballgame is a fun, suspenseful read that entertains and makes you think. Set in the present (the Matador's chant is "Where's My Bailout"), Take Me Out to the Ballgame takes an unflinching look at how easily frightened, angry people can be manipulated and incited. Morgenstein paints a terrifyingly realistic picture of seemingly everyday folks transformed into a frenzied mob. This is a story that feels as real as the evening news.
Plus, it's a great baseball book.
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