Sometimes You See it Coming

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Crown Publishers, 1993 - Fiction - 326 pages
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"Baseball is lousy with hope. It sustains you and betrays you inning by inning and game by game, to the last out of the World Series, and even through the long, cold winter. The game call kill you with hope." "John Barr is the kind of player who isn't supposed to exist anymore. An all-around superstar, he plays the game with a single-minded ferocity that makes his New York Mets team all but invincible." "Yet Barr himself is a mystery, with no past, no friends, no women, and no interests outside of hitting a baseball as hard and as far as he can. Not even Rapid Ricky Falls, a.k.a. "The Old Swizzlehead," his shrewd, streetwise teammate, can get a handle on him. Neither can Ellie Jay, the jaded sportswriter who can outthink, outdrink, and out-write any man in the press box. She wants to think she admires Barr's skill on a ballfield, but suspects she might be in love with a man who isn't really there." "Barr leads the Mets to one championship after another. Then chaos arrives in the person of new manager Charli Stanzi, well-known psychopath. As The Old Swizzlehead tells it, strange and dire things begin to happen. Under Stanzi's careful tutelage, the team simply falls apart." "Then Barr himself inexplicably starts to unravel. For the first time in his life, his formidable skills fail him, and only Falls and Ellie Jay can help - if he will let them. Hanging in the balance are his sanity, the World Series, and true love." "Kevin Baker has written a sometimes exuberant, sometimes rueful novel, not only about the glorious game of baseball, but about the bittersweet, far more complicated game of life."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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First-time novelist Baker makes it to the playoffs with this neo-mythic entry in a baseball subgenre pioneered by Bernard Malamud (The Natural) and advanced by George Plimpton (The Curious Case of ... Read full review

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John Barr is the greatest ballplayer in history, winner of every possible award many times over, but nobody, not even his teammates, knows anything about this intensely private man. When the manager ... Read full review

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Kevin Baker was born in August 1958, in Englewood, New Jersey and grew up in Rockport, Massachusetts. He graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1980. He began his writing career directly after graduation. His first novel, Sometimes You See It Coming, based loosely on the life of Ty Cobb, was published in hardcover in 1993 and in paperback by HarperPaperbacks in the spring of 2003. Dreamland, part of Bakers New York City of Fire trilogy, was published by HarperCollins in 1999, and in paperback the following year. Paradise Alley was published by HarperCollins in 2002. Kevin was the chief historical researcher on Harold Evans' best-selling history, The American Century, published in 1999. He currently writes the monthly "In the News" column for American Heritage magazine, and has also been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Frankfurter Rundschau, Harpers magazine, Talk, and The Industry Standard.

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