Tagged: Double A Blues

The Season is Really Over

I woke up the other day to find my son watching a Worlds Series marathon on the MLB Network.  It was then that I realized that baseball season was really over. 

I thought it was over when the Dodgers season ended on October 3rd but then there were the playoffs and World Series.  For the second time in three years we were forced to watch the Giants celebrate a World Championship.  It’s now been 25 years since the Dodgers won the World Series in 1988 and while it not as long of a drought as say, the Cubs, it’s still too long.

We were able to hold on just a little bit as my two youngest sons played winter ball, but now their season is over too.  Unfortunately their season also ended on a down note as the last game of the season was rained out.  My oldest son just found out he made his high school team for next year but there are no games in sight, just conditioning. 

Maybe it’s really over.

One of my favorite baseball quotes comes from the late Bart Giamatti who said:

“It is designed to break your heart.  The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

So true.

Sure the Hot Stove League is starting and for the first time in a long time the Dodgers are expected to be major players.  It’s nice to have an owner with deep pockets but money isn’t always the answer, just ask the Yankees.  Hopefully, this initial activity will provide us with a short term boost while we rebuild the farm system to secure our future.

Thinking about the game and wondering what may come next year is not the same as watching a MLB game or seeing your kids realize their potential on the field.  It’s going to be a long couple of months until Spring Training starts in February.  The holidays will fill some of that time and a new year always brings personal reflection and a fresh beginning but I can’t wait until baseball season starts.

I’ve started working on a new book, which is kind of funny since I just started the process to get the first one published, but it’s a way to keep me thinking about the game until the real thing comes back. 

I’m going to try and post a couple of times a week, and I hope someone will actually find what I have to say interesting enough to come back.  Writing a blog is like a the old line asking if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?  It’s the same for a blog,  it you write something and no one reads it, does it really matter?   Even if no one does read this, I have to admit, it feels good to write it.

Now, I’ll think I’ll go back and watch the 1988 World Series again.  That should keep me warm for a while.

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Double A Blues Synopsis

It only took about eight months but I finished my first novel.  I have signed on with a publisher and it should come out in mid 2013.  Here is a synopsis and I’ll be posting notes about the publishing process as I work my way through it.
 
Zach had always dreamed of being a major league baseball player.  He knew that’s what he wanted to do since he was five years old.  He had spent his entire life working towards that goal and everything had gone according to plan until now.  True, he was a professional baseball player, but not for a major league team.  He was about to start his third year with the Birmingham Barons, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. 
 
His best friend, Manny, tried to tell Zach to be patient and to focus on things other than baseball, but Zach wouldn’t listen.  He felt that any change from the plan would only hurt, not help him. 
 
He had seen a number of players come and go over the years and he was still stuck in Birmingham.  If he didn’t move up to the next level this year he might be released and that could mean the end of his career.  Zach was not about to let that happen and he would do whatever it took to keep his dream alive.  But how far would he go?
 
An early season slump tests Zach’s resolve and he is tempted to cut corners and give in to a mysterious stranger’s advice.   A chance meeting with a beautiful college student named Sarah helps provide Zach with the balance that his life has been missing and he starts to finally realize his true potential.  
 
But is it too late?  Will the mistakes of the past catch up with him and cost him both his dream of making the major leagues and a shot at love?  How will his decisions impact the people in his life?  Can they forgive him for what he’s done?  Can he forgive himself?
 
Double A Blues explores one man’s journey to fulfill his dream and the lengths that he will go to achieve it.  It also shows you that every decision that you make impacts other people as much, if not more, than it does you.  It is a classic tale of right and wrong that will leave you thinking “What would I have done?”