Curveball’s Kate Angell has a romantic hit with book two of a three-book series. (The first is Squeeze Play and the third is Strike Zone.) You’ll be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as you read about three guys who not only play baseball, but also the game of romance. Each has his own part in the book. As members of the Richmond Rogue’s “Bat Pack,” the trio consists of right fielder “Psycho” McMillan, third baseman “Romeo” Bellisaro, and catcher “Chaser” Tallan. Three different women capture the hearts of these bad boys as they sit out a 13-game suspension for brawling. Curveball combines sports, romance and comedy that hits a triple-play with this reader. It’s definitely a light read, but fast-paced and entertaining.
If you like a baseball/romance combo, then you will love a DVD that we are adding to our collection: Fever Pitch. It stars Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. I saw this movie when it came out a few years ago and really liked it. And I think in conjunction with Twizzlers and popcorn, it even held my 5-year-old granddaughter’s attention. There are lots of baseball scenes—Fallon’s character is obsessed with the Red Sox. Die-hard Sox fans endure game after non-winning game, and he is determined to be there with them, no matter what. Interestingly, the ending had to be rewritten because the original storyline had projected that the Sox wouldn’t win the playoffs; but not only did they win, they won their first World Series in 86 years!
In keeping with the baseball theme, for those fans of America’s favorite pastime, you must watch our Ken Burn’s Baseball DVD series. I kid you not—I watched all 18 odd hours of it. From Ty Cobb to Babe Ruth to Hank Aaron, this is a comprehensive ultimate documentary. It is wonderfully presented within the context of American history. Mr. Burns says, “The story of baseball is also the story of race in America, of immigration and assimilation; of the struggle between labor and management, of popular culture and advertising, of myth and the nature of heroes, villains, and buffoons; of the role of women and class and wealth in our society.”
— Sharon McLaurin, Romance Selector