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Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2019
I love Mike Lupica's writing and buy each of his books as soon as I can get my hands on them! I am so disappointed and somewhat upset that he felt it necessary to turn this into a political statement. I read fiction to disappear into magical worlds, not to have a visceral reaction to the author's view of social justice. As the focus of the book turned away from the game, I had no interest in continuing. I cannot recommend this book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
This book is about sports but extends beyond the playing field. There are topical issues but it's baseball, family and friendship that makes the story so enjoyable. If I could I would go to every game this team plays...when they took the field, I felt like I was there.
What a huge disappointment. My son picked this book for a book report since he is also a pitcher like the main character. It quickly became a "government bad/ illegal immigrant good" story even going as far as to say illegal immigrants pay taxes. At one point the children are yelling that the "cops can't arrest all of us." And of course the US attorney is evil to try to deport the main character's father after he commits another crime. Its ridiculous and one sided. I am glad my son (we are Hispanic) brought it to my attention so we can avoid this author in the future.