August 15th, 2013
Fast forward to 2018. The Sox haven’t won a World Series since 2007. They have been pretty abysmal, being bought and sold more than once, turned into a major money making machine, even at the expense of everything that is good about the game. And they even got thisclose to actually getting rid of Fenway Park and building one of those awful modern day behemoths.
And then came Thomas Goodman, a single owner (NOT an ownership group) who returned Fenway Park to its former glory, revitalized the sport by returning it to its roots, and pretty much WILLED a team that could go all the way.
Picking up after the 2012 Campaign (and in this reality, there was no resurgence in 2013) Blue Moon Over Fenway, features a vast and quirky cast of character: The homeless man who knew stats cold, went into trances, made predictions, lived in the scoreboard and raised homing doves. The 3 sisters who were at every home game, and knitted a wool patch with an uncanny likeness of whichever player who going to make THE impact for that contest. The Closer named Preacher, who was a direct descendent of Cotton Mather, and the biggest enigma of all: C.J. Panthro, the other worldly pitcher, who appeared out of nowhere as a teen, pitched for the hapless NY Yankees, but who was inexplicably traded to the Red Sox in the middle of the 2018 season.
Overall, I liked story–obviously it’s all fantasy, but the weirdness and quirkiness of the story made it a lot of fun to read. There was also just enough realism to make it believable.
Unfortunately, the story ended like a cliff, with only a short, 4-page chapter after the climax with which to wrap it up, which was certainly not enough as there were a bunch of loose ends not tied up, like who WAS C. J. Panthro, really? And what happened to C.J. Panthro’s mysterious girl, Maya? And what was “The Town?” It left the reader wondering “What just happened?”
Available where all good books are sold, Blue Moon Over Fenway is a decent beach read for your Red Sox, or favorite fantasy story fan. Check it out!