Wild Pitch

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002 - Fiction - 352 pages
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This is what happens when a washed-up one-time pitching phenom and all-around jerk gets a second chance-and discovers that none of it is exactly what he expected it to be.

Showtime Charlie Stoddard now occupies himself at card shows, one-night stands, and nearby watering holes. His ex-wife still talks to him, but keeps her distance (about 3,000 miles); his son won't even do that-all in all, a life filled with peaches and cream. And then a decidedly unorthodox therapist starts working on his arm, and Charlie begins to dream again . . . especially now that the Boston Red Sox have lost two starting pitchers and seen their lead over the Yankees sliced in half. Can Charlie make it back to the bigs? Will he ever convince his ex-wife to take him seriously again? Will his son (the . . . well, never mind who he is-we've got to save something) even acknowledge his existence? Can the Red Sox-dare we say it?-shake off the collective curses of the Bambino, the Buckner, and Bucky-expletive-Dent?

Stay, as they say, tuned, as Lupica unfolds his smartest, most outrageous, most surprising novel yet, a story filled with the glories and absurdities of the national pastime, and further proof that "Lupica's fiction is the funniest thing going" (Orlando Sentinel).

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

This is a funny book, in two ways. Lupica has some good lines, and Wild Pitch is good-humoured all the way through. The really funny thing, though, it that he can concoct a storyline with few real ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

Sports fiction is not usually on my top ten list, but I was looking for a change of pace and this was on my husband's bookshelf, so I went for it. It was a very enjoyable read with a good story line and did make me laugh out loud at times. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Mike Lupica is the author of thirteen books, including the recent nonfiction Mad as Hell and Summer of '98. His columns for the New York Daily News are syndicated nationwide, and he is a regular on ESPN's The Sports Reporters.

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