In The Game, Robert Benson ties the nine innings of one ordinary minor-league game between the Iowa Cubs and the Nashville Sounds to the ordinary and not-so-ordinary innings of his own life. He shows how, through a series of seeminly routine plays in an average weeknight game such as this one--just as in our everday lives--we eventually win the game.In beautifully measured prosed he also describes moments of greatness--the Giants' dramatic ninth-inning penant win over the Dodgers in 1951; Sammy Sosa's breaking Roger Maris's home-run record in 1999--and the subtle way in which these moments mark themselves in the life of an average American baseball fan. Whether he is hitting fungoes with his children at a neighborhood park, reminiscing about Carlton Fisk's famous home-run trot in October 1975, or praising the enduring beauty of Chicago's Wrigley Field, Benson reveals that "the game" and the game of life are in many ways one and the same.
In the spirit of Field of Dreams, a remarkable book about baseball and the meaning of life. A game between the Iowa Cubs and the Nashville Sounds at an AAA park in Nashville provides the lens through which Robert Benson explores the game of baseball and the meaning of life in The Game. It is an ordinary week night game in the early part of the season between two teams that will finish far out of first place in the Pacific League. But Benson shows us how in this average game of baseball, just as in our everyday lives, the routine plays-the seemingly minor yet vital moves, empty of bravado-eventually win the game.
In beautifully measured prose, Benson links events in his life to the innings in this baseball game. Married to a woman who can quote baseball stats with the best of them, and with two children who share his love for the game (his teenage daughter made the decision early on that she would be the first woman to play for the Yankees), Benson explores the ways in which baseball has always somehow shaped and defined his life. The Game is an extraordinary testament to the everlasting wonder and magic of the great American pastime.
Robert Benson is the author of Living Prayer, Venite, and Between the Dreaming and the Coming True. He lives in Nashville.
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