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Ball Games - There Are Many Ways to Score (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Stephen Smith

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Inspired by the 1979 Chicago White Sox, Harry Caray, Jimmy Pearsall and Disco Demolition Night, Ball Games is a not-so-far-fetched farce about a baseball team turned entertainment spectacle. Tabloid tycoon, Rufus Glutman’s motto is, “At the end of the game, the one with the most money wins.” During a major league baseball players’ strike, he buys the Chicago Cubs and replaces the strikers with eccentric, freakily gifted minor leaguers. His sultry, shifty PR maven, Mona McCloud, has the showmanship of P.T. Barnum.

Soon, anything “Chicago Cubs” is up for sale to advertisers, from NASCAR-style uniform advertising to logos on bases to Wrigley Field’s hallowed name. The PR sideshows, extreme players, even the two combative broadcasters wind up in a bid for the pennant with a startling winning streak and record butts in the seats.

Can an ex-con’s swinging Ninja Bat accidentally “brush” pitchers off the mound? Does Tourette’s excuse foul behavior? Can a six-fingered programmer pitch new tricks? Will Psychic Night play in Vegas? Can the two announcers just get along? Did Mona McCloud’s gossip spark a double suicide? Can the Smashing Pumpkins quell a riot while the Weinermobile flees the scene? In the end, can a shy nobody, Fred Finder, prevent Wrigley Field from becoming a shopping mall and save America’s pastime?

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 422 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 231 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009JL858K
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny from beginning to end 2 mai 2013
Par Mahoneybill - Publié sur
I was skeptical when I first offered the opportunity to read this book, but after a few pages I am glad I did. Having been around baseball, and the Cubs for quite a while, I found it be very entertaining. I know it's just me, but I loved the names and characterization of the people in the book. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who wants an enjoyable reading experience.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprise Beneath the Surface 16 avril 2013
Par Ron Shook - Publié sur
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An inveterate reader, after a lifetime of reading novels, I gave up the trivial enterprise half a decade ago in favor of big-picture non-fiction. I played baseball (well, softball) all through childhood with great enjoyment, but could never much stand to watch the game unless I personally knew the players. Then I got arm twisted into reading this baseball novel set in my hometown. Oh, oh!

Surprise, surprise, I enjoyed it, and learned a thing or two along the way. That's because baseball is only the coat rack of this story. Hung on the rack is a stinging comic satire of the capitalist PR/marketing goons and their 1% enablers who try to parlay rage at millionaires into more stolen income, and end up hoisted on their own petards. Along the way we learn the tricks of the PR/marketing trade.

Have a little initial patience with this shorter book. Occasionally there is some forced dialogue. The first few pages, I found ??? The next few pages, I got an inkling of where the author was heading. Within a few chapters I was invested in the characters and hating the PR-ness that pervades the story, and most of our everyday lives. I had to get on to see whether the 1 percenters got their just rewards and whether any love found its way out of the marketing thicket. Like life, nothing is all black or all white here.

10 bucks of read in a 2 buck package.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 America's favorite past time just got a little sexier and a whole lot funnier 11 avril 2013
Par CB - Publié sur
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Though I don't know much about baseball, I know I LOVED this book. This is an outrageously funny satire of money, marketing, public relations and pure greed in a game originally known for it's purity. There's the absurdly high salaries of ball players who go on strike. Then there's the new owner who wants to capitalize on every money making opportunity he can; even going so far as replacing the beloved ivy outfield wall with advertising and plastering the uniforms with logos. There's the sexy PR lady who's oblivious to the game and turns it into a circus. And of course, her purist opposite PR writer. (You know these two will eventually become a love story.) Even the two announcers are hired for their celebrity and alpha personalities (which actually pits them against each other.) A very funny, and at the same time, thought-provoking book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Professional Sports Satire 8 avril 2013
Par David Chesak - Publié sur
If you liked Slap Shot, Bull Durham, Major League and The Replacements, you'll like "Ball Games - There Are Lots of Ways to Score." It's an amusing satire of the commercial side of professional sports, in this case, the Chicago Cubs with their new tabloid news owner who turns the team into a joke worthy of his scandal magazines. There's even a parallel love story behind the scenes that mirrors the conflict between the purity of baseball and the exploitation of it. Really good book.
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