It's Just a Game

Brian Carriveau

Published by WSN Publishing, 2012
ISBN 10: 0966681983 / ISBN 13: 9780966681987
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Synopsis: Meet the people that kindle the flame of baseball as Americas pastime in Its Just a Game. Theyre not just baseball players. From blue collar to white collar, theyre police officers, teachers, delivery drivers, insurance salesmen, and people you meet on the street every day. On their evenings and weekends, they spend their time chasing the goal of every player in Wisconsins Home Talent League, to win a championship. Trying to execute the perfect sacrifice bunt is only part of their worries. Life doesnt stop for baseball. Along the way, they deal with everything from small-town politics to the death of a loved one. But the one thing they all have in common is the love of the game.

From the Back Cover: "A nostalgic look at an Americana most of us no longer experience."

Big League Drama in Small Town America

Meet the people that kindle the flame of baseball as America's pastime in It's Just a Game.

They're not just baseball players. From blue collar to white collar, they're police officers, teachers, delivery drivers, insurance salesmen, and people you meet on the street every day. On their evenings and weekends, they spend their time chasing the goal of every player in Wisconsin's Home Talent League, to win a championship.

Trying to execute the perfect sacrifice bunt is only part of their worries. Life doesnít stop for baseball. Along the way, they deal with everything from small-town politics to the death of a loved one. But the one thing they all have in common is the love of the game.

"Quality amateur baseball and the world of Wisconsin small towns blend richly in this look at a season of wins and losses, flooded outfields, bowling-alley fundraisers, ball-playing fathers and grown sons, pitchers and catchers of every occupation (from highway patrolman to computer programmer), legit professional prospects, and even a former Major Leaguerónot the first to play in Wisconsin's Home Talent League. Remember California Angels pitcher Vern Geishert? At 62, he shows up here driving in a couple runs for his hometown team, Richland Center.

"Brian Carriveau takes you around the league, into the dugouts, inside the rivalries, and across communities brimming with stories about baseball, family, friendship, and town traditions. From Verona to Black Earth, Reedsburg to Pine Bluff, Carriveau's circuit is generous, his portraits closely observed."

-Phil Hanrahan, author of Life After Favre: The Green Bay Packers and Their Fans Usher in the Aaron Rodgers Era

"Don't let the title fool you, It's Just a Game is so much more. 

"Although Brian Carriveau uses baseball and the Home Talent League as his backdrop, his use of chapters as innings of a ballgame are a nostalgic look at an Americana most of us no longer experience. Reading each one reminds us about the charm of small town U.S.A., playing a sport for true love of the game and a sense of community that seems to no longer exist in our iWorld. The read also reveals the downside of towns where everyone knows your name. But just as quickly as you get caught up in local gossip, Carriveau quickly brings you back to the action on the field, reminding us It's Just a Game."

-Trenni Kusnierek, sports host/reporter at WTMJ-Milwaukee

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Title: It's Just a Game
Publisher: WSN Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Paperback
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