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Now Batting: Books and Baseball

Today some may be celebrating Easter. Others Passover. But there is one major event we cannot forget. The first day of baseball season. Technically Opening Day kicks off tomorrow but tonight is the first major league baseball game of the year and I couldn’t let this huge moment go unnoticed. So here I am. Hello, baseball friends. Welcome back to the time of year where are dinners are spent watching a first pitch, our weekends are filled with the calm sounds of a game on the radio, and our newspapers are reporting on Alex Rodriguez instead of how the team actually performed. (If you’re from New York, anyway.)

I’ve written about my love of the game before, and even included a few of my baseball book recommendations. While I’m knee deep in nostalgia over the Sunday afternoons I spent at the ballpark with my parents to the ungodly hot Saturday afternoons I would spend with James before we were married, I’m also anticipating the upcoming season. As a lifelong Yankees fan, it will be the first one without Derek Jeter and (not only because of this absence) what I’m hearing will be a pretty lackluster game. I’m always one to root for the underdog so I’m going to be glass half full about this for the moment. Be sure to check in with me again around the All-Star Break though. Anything can happen.

In the meantime, let’s get into the baseball spirit. Don’t worry about your gloves or cleats. You might just want your wallet or your library card because this team is all about reading and not running. (Separately, maybe. I wouldn’t recommend doing both at the same time.) Here are nine books (for nine positions) that I’m challenging myself to read from today (April 5) until late October when one team out of thirty is awarded that world championship trophy. It might see far away, but it will fly by.

Baseball Fiction Books from Rather Be Reading Blog

LF: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach | CF: This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
RF: Play On by Michelle Smith

3B: Pretend You Love Me by Julie Ann Peters | SS: Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge

2B: Six Innings by James Preller | 1B: The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

P: My 13th Season by Kristi Roberts

C: Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena

So what do you say? Are you ready for some baseball? I certainly am! Here’s wishing your team great health and lots of luck this season!

Let’s play ball (or books)!

Psst: Let’s not leave anyone out. If you are in the market for some non-fiction baseball picks, here’s a great roundup featured on Esquire recently.

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April 10, 2015 - 11:35 pm

Alisa @ Papercuttts - Gosh, I love and miss the baseball game experience. I live in Brazil now and there’s none of that down here, but I have such good memories of going to baseball games when I was younger. I might have to read one of these to get my fix!

April 9, 2015 - 11:00 am

Andi - I have been a sucker for anything baseball (books and movies) with a romance since seeing Summer Catch all those years ago. I’m so excited for Play On. And will check out the others!

Excellent post!

April 7, 2015 - 4:48 pm

Alexa S. - Because baseball isn’t really played in the Philippines, I only knew of it and never really experienced it until I came back to the US! I like reading about it though, and definitely want to check out some of the books you’ve recommended. Hope your team has a better season than everyone is predicting they will!

April 6, 2015 - 8:01 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this idea! Sports books are some of my faves and there are definitely ones here that I haven’t read/aren’t on my TBR list.

April 5, 2015 - 6:16 pm

Leah - I LOVE THIS! In school I played a number of sports, but that was mainly because my friends had all signed up. Apart from a few, I’m not a big sports fan/player/watcher, but I LOVE me some sports in books!

April 5, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Stephanie at The Insouciant Sophisticate - Padres fan here-so excited for the return of baseball! I actually do have some reason to hope based on our off-season but you never know!

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