Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Lord of The Infield Flies by Steve Reilly (Review)




The Lord of the Infield Flies will thrill readers with Coach Steve Reilly’s harrowing, challenging, and adventuresome baseball team’s trek from Connecticut to play in Maine. As a prequel to his award winning memoir, The Fat Lady Never Sings, Reilly, a high school baseball coach, narrates the true story from the beginning of his coaching career at the age of 20. In summer 1977, Reilly plans to take his high-school- age team on a weekend trip to the baseball mecca on Cape Cod to play a Massachusetts all-star team. When plans go awry, he jumps at an offer to take the players instead to the serene surroundings of southern Maine to play that state’s all-star team. Most of the team’s starters decline; their hearts had been set on “The Cape.” Determined to go through with his commitment, Reilly gathers ten players to make the four-hour trip in a cabin truck and his car on a Friday night. Will the team arrive in time to battle Maine’s best the following morning?

After his legal alcohol-age players convince him to stop at a package store on the way to buy just a “few beers” for the idyllic cabin they will be staying at in the resort area of Old Orchard Beach, they exit the package store with hand trucks filled with cases of beer. Chaos reigns. The cabin truck with its inebriated players gets separated from Reilly’s vehicle, losing half the team traveling in the opposite direction in Massachusetts! Will the team ever get to Maine? Will the team play Maine’s all-stars? And, will the players make it back to Connecticut?


I GIVE THIS BOOK:1 star1 star1 star


MY THOUGHTS:
I like baseball, but this book wasn't all that enjoyable for me. Still, I feel that it was well written and was informative of this point in the author's life, so I can't give it less than 3 stars. There was some foul language, though for the most part the words were scratched out, with only the first and last letters shown, which I appreciated.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.

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BOOK DETAILS:
Paperback: 126 pages
Published: Strong Books; 1st edition (2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1928782965
ISBN-13: 978-1928782964
Available to purchase: Amazon (Paperback)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Since 1976, Steve Reilly, a practicing attorney, has coached high school baseball in Connecticut’s Lower Naugatuck Valley. He has spent the last thirty years assisting other high school coaches and is currently in his seventeenth season at Seymour High. Reilly and his wife, Suzanne, live in Seymour, Connecticut.

His latest book is the sports memoir, The Lord of the Infield Flies.




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