Baseball Between Us: 16 Years. 32 Ballparks. 43,000 Miles: A Road Map to a Winning Father/Son Relationship Paperback – Mar 1 2012
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About the Author
Mike Luery is a member of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research and an award-winning journalist with 25 years on TV and radio. Currently, he is the investigative reporter for CBS 13 in Sacramento and previously was NBC's Capitol Bureau Chief in California. As a television reporter in Florida, Luery's five-part series on the Ku Klux Klan earned an Outstanding Achievement Award for Investigative Reporting from United Press International.
Matt Luery is a 5th year Senior at the University of Southern California, where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He will graduate in May 2012.
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I loved the idea of the book, but I found the writing really amateur and too often, the people not real likable. Too often, the author writes about his son wanting to sleep in and this gets old really fast after he writes in detail about it at least 15 times! The conversations sometimes are just boring and things don't always make sense. (For example, he doesn't teach his son how to score a game until he's been to over 30 ballparks.Then he writes in detail about why they are numbered the way they are. If you attend a game, you learn that info really quick and I can't understand why he waited so long to do this!)
The book I purchased was called an Advanced Reading Copy which I hope means that the book was re-edited. There were numerous spelling errors, even misnamed players " famous Brooklyn Dogers pitcher Johnny Peske" - I think he meant Johnny Podres. It serms if he was a big baseball fan, he would know how to spell players names-Paul Konerko is spelled Paul Kanerko. I know this is nitpicky, but where is the editor? He also talked about visiting colleges for his son, but he never says why he chose USC. Then he talks in one chapter about his son being a USC student, then in the next chapter, his son hasn't started at
USC yet. Huh? There are little things like talking about how good Guldens Mustard is on a hot dog. Who really cares?
It was an interesting adventure, I am glad he bonded with his son this way. I am in a similar situation with
my son, and it is truly a special connection between us. I am sorry the book wasn't as good as I hoped, but I am glad Mike Leury was able to chronicle his adventures and built this special relationship with his son. A lifetime of memories!
Mike's descriptions of his trips with Matt to all 31 major league ballparks in the U.S. and Canada, as well as his portrayals of each ball game that he and Matt attended were a lot of fun to follow, and I certainly felt like I was with them every step of the way. Many of the generational differences between father and son that were described were quite funny. AND, the Chapter on Mike's personal journey to his boyhood hometown of Stamford, Connecticut was quite moving and touching.
The Epilogue to the book, written by Matt, was quite impressive, and his comments on the topics he wrote about were most insightful for a young man. Like his Dad, Matt can quickly draw his readers into what he is writing about, and I very much enjoyed his thoughts on the importance of travel, how great the diversity of this country is, and how the benefits of watching a slow game of baseball can provide an opportunity to just chill and take it easy from the pressures of life. Plus, I liked reading about how he enjoyed spending time with his Dad, despite some of the differences between them that Mike so amusingly described.
In short, "Baseball Between Us" is a must-read book, and should be at the top of your reading list.
----------Scott A. Morris