Day 42: Against All Odds by Rick Cabral
Summary From Amazon:
The 40-year odyssey of how the River Cats became Sacramento’s hometown baseball team.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I was jonesing for anything and everything baseball today as it was the first of the 2013 season for pitchers and catchers to report. For those of you who don’t know, besides my obsession with books, my other main devotion is to sports. Baseball is my favorite and as I was watching every 2013 Spring Training video on MLB.com my desire to engross myself further was intensifying. I decided that rather than pick any book at random (none were calling me today either which influenced this as well) I would go find a baseball novella to read since Spring Training games don’t start until the 22nd.
Now that I’ve caught you up I can talk specifically about Against All Odds. Out of the novellas I found, this was in the top two. After beseeching my fellow MLB enthusiasts on Twitter I decided on this one for today (likely the other will be tomorrow’s, just a heads up). Against All Odds is about the River Cats, a AAA minor league baseball team located in Sacramento, California. I haven’t followed the minors very closely in my long time as a devoted sports, and baseball fan, and figured that this would be a fun place to start.
The Sacramento River Cats really did face seemingly insurmountable odds in becoming a reality. Time and time again plans were thwarted just as they seemed to be either beginning or even nearing fruition. Against All Odds went deeper than I thought possible into the minutia of each step in the 40 years it took for Sacramento to get their team. Although I was hoping for more personal anecdotes or stories that would tie into the process, I still enjoyed the novella, despite the middle being a bit laden with details that are interesting only because of how everything ties in together at the end. The ending, with the massive buildup and pent-up emotions involved delivered beautifully. I wanted to be living there just to experience what that rush must have been like for those living in Sacramento when this team finally came “home”.
Against All Odds made me a fan of the River Cats and if you love baseball, especially the details going into what it takes to land a team, then I think you’d enjoy this. As always thanks for reading (and putting up with my other obsession) and come back tomorrow for Day 43!