Bottom of the 33rd LP: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's by Dan Barry

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 nice global Spin 

From Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry comes the fantastically acknowledged tale of the longest online game in baseball history—a story celebrating not just the strong depth of baseball, however the aspirational excellent epitomized through the hard-fighting avid gamers of the minor leagues. within the culture of Moneyball, The final Hero, and Wicked reliable 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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Elsewhere in Pawtucket, people gathered at dinner tables set for the Passover Seder to recall the Exodus from Egypt and to listen, once again, as a child asked why tonight is different from all other nights. Others filed into the dimness of Catholic churches built by their mill-grunt immigrant forebears (St. Joseph for the Irish, St. Maria Goretti for the Italian, St. Jean-Baptiste for the French Canadian) to light the tapers of their modest candles with the paschal flame, signaling the end of solemnity, the beginning of joy.

A chewing-gum spit to the palm. A finger scoop from the plastic bucket of mud. Not too much; not too little; just…so. A mixing of mud and spittle, and then a rub. There. As the stubborn 6:30 sunset withdrew the last of the brightness, the fans waited and waited in the creeping darkness. The supposed game time of 7:30 gave way to 7:40, then 7:50. The public-address system could only share the obvious: delay due to lights in need of repair. Disrepair at McCoy is common. The old ballpark, a concrete mass of infrastructural aches and bruises, belongs not to the Pawtucket Red Sox but to the financially strapped City of Pawtucket.

Yes, that’s right: 2–2. Strong and insistent winds blowing in from the outfield have created an invisible wall that even the hardest-hit fly balls cannot penetrate. Sometimes the wind borrows the baseball to juggle in the air for a while, like some magical Easter egg, before losing interest and allowing it to drop. The ballplayers, meanwhile, are feeling the weight of the night in their arms, their legs, even their heads. And so the innings have dribbled like spilled beer into Sunday, with each one some variation of the inning just completed, the 30th.

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