A Baseball Story by E Ryan Janz
For this angry young boy, nobody but a stranger gave a damn.
In this briskly paced novella involving far more than America’s pastime, an older man befriends an angry young boy following one of his disastrous practices. The boy is clearly the worst player on his team, yet he is desperate to improve. So the man sets out to give him some pointers about the game and possibly about life, amid initial reservations from the boy’s mother, and violent opposition from his vulgar and abusive stepfather.
The reader will meet Danny, a troubled young boy with a fondness for profanity. All he longs for is to not be the worst player on his baseball team. So, he attends practice after practice, and although his coaches try their very best to help him improve, the game proves to be far too difficult for him to master.
Perched high up in the grandstand at most of these practices is Walter, an older man who enjoys the game when played in its purest form. He takes an interest in the young man, detecting possible talent buried deep beneath the surface. So, Walter sets out to teach Danny the fundamentals of the game and possibly about life, amid initial reservations from the boy’s mother and violent opposition from his abusive stepfather.