Books

Book Review | Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Gary Morgenstein

Title: Take me out to the ballgame

Author: Gary Morgenstein

My Review:

The best praise I can give Gary Morgenstein’s Take Me Out to the Ballgame is not insignificant. With approximately 50 pages left to read, I put the book down in order to go out to dinner. While at dinner, I found myself distracted, thinking about the book, wondering how it would end. I actually found myself anxious to get home, so I could finish reading.
 
That being said, Take Me Out to the Ballgame is definitely a book for people who love baseball, like baseball, or, at the very least, tolerate baseball. If you would sooner get a colonoscopy than watch a baseball game, then this is probably not for you. If you count yourself among the legion of baseball fans, you will enjoy this novel. Don’t misunderstand, however. This is not some heart-warming, apple pie tale of America’s pastime.

I didn’t get anything that I expected from Morgy in this novel, which is a good — if not great — thing for readers. While I thoroughly enjoyed two of his other books (How to Find a Woman or Not and Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman), which were replete with Jewish humor and a good dose of New York living, this book strays far from that style. The plot revolves around a fictional — but very believable — baseball team, the Buffalo Matadors. There are actually two storylines, but ones that are inextricably woven together. One focuses on Cal, the Matadors number one fan, whose love of baseball can’t really be called an obsession — because obsession is far too weak a word. The other storyline is behind-the-scenes of the Matadors ball club; the owner, the manager, the PR guy who figures out how to transform a failing ball club into a national sensation. Cal grows increasingly irritated by the newfound popularity of the Matadors, especially the bandwagon-jumpers. And again, irritated is far too weak a word.

You won’t believe what happens in this story, but it’s not preposterous, which is possibly the scariest part. This is hard to put down and when you finally do, it’ll be because you’ve reached the end.

About the Author:

New York native Gary Morgenstein is the author of four novels. Jesse’s Girl is a thriller about a widowed Brooklyn father who searches for his adopted teenage son who has run away from a Montana wilderness drug treatment program to find his biological sister in Kentucky. In the romantic triangle Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, a divorced midd-aged man falls in love with a beautiful, enigmatic woman rabbi, while still in love with his ex-wife. Take Me Out to the Ballgame, a political baseball novel baseball and bailouts, as American as apple pie follows a Cinderella baseball team led by a ruthless owner with political ambitions. “The Man Who Wanted to Play Center Field for the New York Yankees is a baseball Rocky.

He’s also the co-host of Purple Haze, the Media Blvd Pop Culture Hour Show which airs on Blog Talk Radio every Thursday at 9 p.m. (eastern time).

You can visit his website at www.gary.garymorgenstein.com.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Kristin

Kristin is the mom of two boys and two girls and lives outside of Philadelphia, PA. She loves to read, write, shop, and spend as much of her summer as possible at the Jersey shore!

more by Kristin »