Bottom of the 33rd LP: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's by Dan Barry

By Dan Barry

Bottom of the 33rd is chaw-chewing, sunflower-spitting, pine tar facts that an excessive amount of baseball isn't enough.” —Jane Leavy, writer of The final Boy and Sandy Koufax 

“What a book—an beautiful workout in story-telling, democracy and myth-making.” —Colum McCann, winner of the nationwide publication Award for  Let the nice international Spin 

From Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry comes the superbly mentioned tale of the longest online game in baseball history—a story celebrating not just the strong depth of baseball, however the aspirational excellent epitomized through the hard-fighting gamers of the minor leagues. within the culture of Moneyball, The final Hero, and Wicked reliable Year, Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd is a reaffirming tale of the yankee Dream discovering its maximum expression in undying contests of the nice American hobby.

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How about that father and his son in the stands? And the anxious batboy? Damn. The wind keeps blowing infield dust through the hole, right into the ejected manager’s searching eye. “There’s the pitch. Popped up. On the infield. The shortstop, Bob Bonner, calling for it. It’s hung up in the wind! And—Bonner makes the catch for the final out. The wind played tricks with it again, but Bonner was underneath it to make the catch for the final out. For Pawtucket, no runs, one hit, no errors, one runner left on base.

And so the innings have dribbled like spilled beer into Sunday, with each one some variation of the inning just completed, the 30th. Rochester: groundout; strikeout; strikeout. Pawtucket: groundout; groundout; single; fly out. No television cameras are filming the game, which means that much of what is occurring, or not occurring, will be left to the mercy of memory, that most flawed of recording devices. The rest is preserved in the meticulous baseball cryptography of the official scorer hunched now in the press box, a young lawyer named Bill George.

A while back, maybe an hour ago, maybe a month ago, this inning-by-inning standoff in Pawtucket quietly distinguished itself from every other professional baseball game ever played. It is now, officially, the longest in history. Before tonight, the longest game on record had lasted 29 innings, when the Miami Marlins finally beat the St. Petersburg Cardinals, 4–3, on a balmy June night in 1966, in the low-level Florida State League. a. Dodgers), now gone from Brooklyn, and the Boston Braves, now gone from Boston, yielded to a misty New England night with the score eternally set in a damnable tie of 1–1.

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