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  • July 8th, 2014

    Book Review: I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back,
    by Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:02 pm in Baseball,Book Reviews Comments (3)

    Windexe all have that one friend. The one we would follow to the end of the earth on whatever crazy scheme or adventure they came up with. Even though you promised after the park bench in Poughkeepsie incident (don’t ask), you would never, EVER, again, somehow they always seem to get you to agree to doing SOMETHING that is a reallyREALLY bad idea…

    And so it goes in I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back. Ben is a math and stats junkie who adores baseball, and developed an algorithm that said it was possible to watch 30 major league baseball games, from first to last pitch, in 30 day. So recently graduated Ben decides this need to happen. And calls upon his best friend, Eric on this ultimate road trip. But the problem is: Eric hates baseball. And, as we are prone to do what our best friend ask us to do, he agrees to go.

    First mistake.

    My favorite story from this book is not the Red Sox game, as you might expect but Game #17, which was the Braves vs the Mets in Atlanta. While the game itself was uneventful, what happened immediately following it was both hysterical and poignant, as a lot of the moments in this book are. As a memento of each game attended, Eric and Ben bought a foam #1 finger from each game, their rationalization is that every team had one, and they all cost the same ($10.00), and this would be a universal way off commemorating this journey: 30 foam fingers (seemed like a good idea at the time). And everything was fine, except that in the midst of a torrential downpour at Turner Field, Eric forgot the foam finger. And the Braves were preparing for the 2nd game of a doubleheader. And Eric is trying to get back into a baseball stadium after he has left. And we all know how THAT goes…

    The only thing that I thought was strange was the constantly shifting first and third person writing. I was never sure who was talking, Eric, Ben, or some other third party not mentioned. It was sometimes a bit hard to follow because of this. But otherwise, it’s a good read, and definitely worth checking out. Especially if you’re a Sox fan like me, who could use a laugh or three these days…

    Available where all good books are sold, I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back celebrates two of the greatest things in life: those special friendships and the love of baseball. Makes the perfect gift for your favorite baseball fan–or your best friend. Check it out!

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