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Fellow baseball parents,
I've been a baseball mom for 13 years -- my son is currently a sophomore in college pitching for his team -- and a few years ago I decided to write a book about it. It's a funny book, but I think you really need to be a baseball parent to appreciate it:
Keeping Score: When her son Sam asks to try out for a travel baseball team, divorced mom Shannon Stevens thinks it'll be a fun and active way to spend the summer. Boy, is she wrong! From the very first practice, Shannon and Sam get sucked into a mad world of rigged try-outs, professional coaches, and personal hitting instructors. But it's the crazy, competitive parents who really make Shannon's life miserable. Their sons are all the second coming of Babe Ruth, and Sam isn't fit to fetch their foul balls.Even worse, Shannon's best friend Jennifer catches the baseball fever. She schemes behind the scenes to get her son Matthew on the town's best baseball team, the Saints. As for Sam? Sorry, there's no room for him! Sam winds up on the worst team in town, and every week they find new and humiliating ways to lose.
And the action off the field is just as hot. Shannon finds herself falling for the Saints coach, Kevin. But how can she date a man who didn't think her son was good enough for his team ... especially when the whole baseball world is gossipping about them? Even Shannon's ex-husband David gets pulled into the mess when a randy baseball mom goes after him. As Sam works to make friends, win games and become a better baseball player, Shannon struggles not to become one of those crazy baseball parents herself. In this world, it's not about whether you win, lose, or how you play the game... it's all about keeping score.
Keeping Score: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00E6GHQYM
Thanks so much!