Wild Pitch by Mike Lupica

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This is what happens when a washed-up one-time pitching phenom and all-around jerk gets a second chance-and discovers that none of it is exactly what he expected it to be.

Showtime Charlie Stoddard now occupies himself at card shows, one-night stands, and nearby watering holes. His ex-wife still talks to him, but keeps her distance (about 3,000 miles); his son won't even do that-all in all, a life filled with peaches and cream. And then a decidedly unorthodox therapist starts working on his arm, and Charlie begins to dream again . . . especially now that the Boston Red Sox have lost two starting pitchers and seen their lead over the Yankees sliced in half. Can Charlie make it back to the bigs? Will he ever convince his ex-wife to take him seriously again? Will his son (the . . . well, never mind who he is-we've got to save something) even acknowledge his existence? Can the Red Sox-dare we say it?-shake off the collective curses of the Bambino, the Buckner, and Bucky-expletive-Dent?

Stay, as they say, tuned, as Lupica unfolds his smartest, most outrageous, most surprising novel yet, a story filled with the glories and absurdities of the national pastime, and further proof that "Lupica's fiction is the funniest thing going" (Orlando Sentinel).

About Mike Lupica

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Mike Lupica is the author of thirteen books, including the recent nonfiction Mad as Hell and Summer of '98. His columns for the New York Daily News are syndicated nationwide, and he is a regular on ESPN's The Sports Reporters.
Published January 1, 2002 by Penguin Group (USA). 352 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once upon a time “Showtime” Charlie Stoddard had a golden arm, among the best ever to make it to “the Bigs.” But he abused it—sorely—and the rest of himself as well: booze and babes, Charley a committed hedonist from the time he could spell party.

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How Charlie ends up pitching for the Red Sox as they try to hold off the Yankees in a tight pennant race and just possibly shake off the collective curses of the Bambino, Bill Buckner and Bucky Dent, is fast and funny and occasionally brings a tear to the eye as Charlie begins to grow up just a l...

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Mike Lupica, one of the nation's preeminent sports columnists, takes a turn at his second novel with WILD PITCH, the story of 40-something Charlie Stoddard, a pitcher who in his youth was a sure bet to make the Hall of Fame.

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At the same time, the young man himself shows signs of replaying his father's life, and part of Charlie's attempt to save himself is bound up with his wish to save his son from repeating his mistakes.

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