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I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever

I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever [Kindle Edition]

Ben Blatt , Eric Brewster

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"An oblique view of baseball full of hijinks, havoc, and humor, this is fandom to the extreme."--Daily Beast"If Catfish Hunter and Hunter Thompson mated, their grandkids would be Ben and Eric, whose gonzo baseball road trip glows with humor, insight and the Service Engine light of their Toyota RAV4."--Steve Rushin, author of "The 34-Ton Bat""An honest and hilarious look at what it's "really" like to drive across America for baseball, "I Don't Care if We Never Get Back" is a highlight reel of triumphs and mishaps."--Zack Hample, author of "Watching Baseball Smarter""This is a wonderfully crazy, wonderfully stupid idea. I'm glad someone--someone other than me--did it. The result is hilarious and amazing."--Steve Hely, author of "How I Became a Famous Novelist" and "The Ridiculous Race""The road-trip memoir has become so tired that there's almost no premise good enough to resurrect it from endless cliche, and a frenetic race to an arbitrary goal didn't seem promising. But that wasn't accounting for two things: "Moneyball"-worthy mathematical algorithms and the sharp, hilarious prose that has made "Lampoon" alums famous for generations. . . . Nate Silver numbers and James Thurber wit turn what should be a harebrained adventure into a pretty damn endearing one."--Kirkus Reviews"[A] fun road trip/ballpark adventure with pranks, missed exits, a misadventure with a scalper, and a sellout on the worst possible day. . . . Blatt and Brewster have definitely scored."--"Publishers Weekly"


Ben, a sports analytics wizard, loves baseball. Eric, his best friend, hates it. But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip, an impossible dream of every pitch of 30 games in 30 stadiums in 30 days, who will he call on to take shifts behind the wheel, especially when those shifts will include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City? Eric, of course. Will Eric regret it? You might ask, Are Dodger Dogs the same thing as Fenway Franks? As Ben and Eric can now attest, most definitely.

On June 1, 2013, Ben and Eric set out to see America through the bleachers and concession stands of America’s favorite pastime. Along the way, human error and Mother Nature throw their mathematically optimized schedule a few curveballs. A mix-up in Denver turns a planned day off in Las Vegas into a twenty-hour drive. And a summer storm of biblical proportions threatens to make the whole thing logistically impossible, and that’s if they don’t kill each other first.

Charming, insightful, and hilarious, I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back is a book about the love of the game, the limits of fandom, and the limitlessness of friendship.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2053 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Grove Press (6. Mai 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An insane, 22,000-mile baseball road trip 28. April 2014
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Lots of baseball fans entertain the notion of visiting all 30 major league baseball stadiums. It's typically a goal that requires years to achieve. But, Harvard students Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster decided to accomplish the goal in June of 2013. Thirty games in 30 days in what they term "the best worst baseball road trip ever."

Armed with an alogrithm that mapped out the most efficient way to visit all 30 stadiums in 30 days, Blatt and Brewster added some rules of their own for the trip. They would drive to all the destinations (22,000 miles) and they must be at the stadium to see the first pitch or the game wouldn't count for them. They must stay the entire game (no matter how many innings) and they must be engaged in the game. This has all the makings of insanity.

The pair hit their first snag in Game 7 when they overslept and missed the start of the game in Denver. This necessitated a change in the schedule (there's goes the most efficient way to see all 30 stadiums). A rainout in Chicago (the second part of a Wrigley Field-Comiskey Park doubleheader) necessitated another change and left the pair with no more wriggle room.

A 22,000 mile trip is not conducive to getting enough sleep, eating properly, driving the speed limit or being able to relax. The pair averaged 750 miles of driving per day. The emphasis of the trip is on adventure, not baseball. This is not the type of trip where you can savor baseball or fall in love with it. Blatt and Brewster soon find themselves rooting for the quickest game possible so they could get back on the road and head toward their next destination.

Baseball fans might be surprised to find there's little discussion of the individual games, stadiums or players in this book. Most of the action, excitement, suspense and drama occur outside the stadiums. It is, after all, a road trip adventure where baseball stadiums are temporary stops.

The drama is never higher than when the pair has 16 hours to make a 16-hour trip from Houston (Game 27) to Chicago (Game 28). If they missed the first pitch, their road trip would be a failure. Even though Game 29 was in New York and Game 30 was in Toronto, a few unexpected incidents put the trip in jeopardy.

This is a very entertaining book. You'll find yourself racing through it, like Blatt and Brewster racing across the country. The book is well written and well paced, never bogging down in details or uninteresting tangents.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great for baseball fans! 24. Juli 2014
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Great read for baseball fans- it got a little repeatative (I think 30 games in 30 days can do that!). But it was funny, interesting, and romantic (the way baseball fans can be romantic!).
I would not recommend if you are NOT a baseball fan, I can't imagine enjoying it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not perfect, but perfectly awesome! 18. Juni 2014
Von John J. Franco - Veröffentlicht auf
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I really enjoyed this book. What makes a book really worth 5 stars? I try to be judicious with my 5s. In the case of this book, I couldn't put it down, I enjoyed every minute and found myself really engrossed in the story.

Sure, this book is not without flaws. But in spite of them, I enjoyed it so much that I think it's a 5 anyway.

The book follows Ben and his friend Eric as they attempt to visit 30 ballparks in 30 days, driving around the country on a crazy road trip that follows an program Ben created to plan just such a trip. When he wrote the program, he never expected to use it himself, but after graduation he and Eric decided to make the trip after all.

Driving 4,000 miles and attending 5 baseball games in 5 days might not sound great to you, but it's one of the things Ben and Eric (and some of their friends) do in this story. In total, they drove more than 22,000 miles across the country and back again. The tension builds as they try to stick to their self-assigned goal of not only seeing 30 games in 30 days, but seeing every pitch of all 30 games.

Now to the flaws. I wish it was longer. I wish there was more travelogue, but as Ben admits, they drove past a lot of scenery in the middle of the night, and they didn't have time for stops, so there wasn't much to see and do. I wish they didn't jump between third person (Ben and Eric did this) and first person (I/We did this) in the same paragraph!!! That one drove me nuts.

If you love baseball and traveling, you'll love this book. It might even inspire you to try it yourself. If you're not OK with the occasional editing mistake, you might not love it, but you'll probably still enjoy it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Even if you are not a baseball fan, you still will be able to sink your teeth into the non-stop witty banter of Blatt's work. 12. Mai 2014
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One of the funniest bits in the consistently engaging road trip story I DON'T CARE IF WE NEVER GET BACK is when authors Ben Blatt and Eric Brewster actually argue about the lyrics to the tune from which the title takes its name: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." In what unwinds into a dialogue reminiscent of Abbott & Costello's famous Who's On First? routine, Ben and Eric argue the usage of the term “never” vs. “ever.” They claim that different ballparks actually utilize either “never” or “ever,” with no way of finding out what is the intended or grammatically correct usage of the term.

This is just a small sample of what readers are in store for when opening up this fast-moving and hysterical road trip book. Written in a style that will fondly recall the gonzo fiction of Hunter S. Thompson, as well as the great Jack Kerouac, Ben and Eric make full use of their background as witty lampoon-style writers. They are both Harvard grads, and Eric was actually president of Harvard Lampoon.

What they set out to accomplish is quite impressive and seemingly all but impossible. They plan to visit all 30 Major League ballparks in a span of 30 days, taking in a full ballgame at each. One of their self-imposed rules is that they must be present for the first batter of each game to make it official. This supplies us with some really good breakneck speed races to make a few games under the wire.

The most ironic thing is that the pair could not be more different when it comes to the sport. Ben is a baseball superfan who fully ascribes to SABR metrics and is a student of the game’s statistics that resulted in his analytical stories being published in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Eric, on the other hand, couldn’t care less about baseball. In reality, he can’t stand it or the megolomaniacal style of corporate greed he feels the sport has devolved into. This polar opposite pairing of road trip buddies makes for some highly entertaining exchanges.

I'm not giving anything away by saying they accomplish their feat. A chapter is denoted for each ballpark and includes the sometimes hair-raising car rides from one stadium to another. They traverse 22,000 miles during their month-long trek and even pick up a few colleagues who join them for various spans of their journey.

If you love baseball, you will thoroughly relish I DON'T CARE IF WE NEVER GET BACK and most likely will finish it in one sitting. But even if you are not a fan, you still will be able to sink your teeth into the non-stop witty banter that hits a bullseye in its description of life in America and the ever-present baseball obsession. As Ben figures, Baseball = America, Road Trip = Quintessential American Experience, so therefore Baseball = Road Trip. Regardless of the logic, this is a unique saga that will please everyone who jumps in the backseat to ride along.

Reviewed by Ray Palen.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen decent book 23. Juli 2014
Von Thomas C. Hiller - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is a pretty quick read, even for non-baseball fans. It could use some additional proof reading, but the all in all, a decent book. The main idea (30 games in 30 parks in 30 days) is one we'd all like to do (in theory,) but after reading the book, I'm glad I could make the trip vicariously through the 2 main characters.
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