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A delightful read about the life of a female sprotswriter for a fictional baseball team owned by a TV Evangelical pastor A pretty unique read. This delightfully funny baseball romp caught me by surprise Yes, it s light and fluffy, but light and fluffy of the truly delightful sort A dash of romance, sometimes laugh out loud funny withthan enough baseball to satisfy a true fan, told by an author who knows the game and the inside of a locker room too well Always on my spring training shelf.Featured on the No Extra Words Podcast Episode 108. Belatedly finished this one, and glad I did A good read So many insights into what sportswriting was like around 1990, and I find that interesting Also lots of observations about what it was like for women sportswriters in particular at that time, which is also interesting Sure sounds like it was pretty crazy sexist at that time Kind of obvious it would have been that way when you think about it, I guess, but this novel sure spells it out Beyond that, had great insights about baseball be Belatedly finished this one, and glad I did A good read So many insights into what sportswriting was like around 1990, and I find that interesting Also lots of observations about what it was like for women sportswriters in particular at that time, which is also interesting Sure sounds like it was pretty crazy sexist at that time Kind of obvious it would have been that way when you think about it, I guess, but this novel sure spells it out Beyond that, had great insights about baseball beat writing that still hold up today.Some really fun writing where she has great turns of phrase Sometimes she goes off on tangents that don t quite resonate with me Either way, it s really a fun funny read.I even like the character s writing She has a fun habit of writing sentences like this Jane Leavy, the former sports columnist and award winning author whose remembrances of Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle sharpened our understanding of some of baseball s biggest stars, once wrote fiction, too It was pretty entertaining stuff This was something of a let down If you are familiar with Leavy s nonfiction biographies The Last Boy, for instance, on Mickey Mantle , you know she is abundantly familiar with the game andimportantly what baseball is all about Given her pedigree as a writer, I really was expectingAs it stands, this felt like an attempt at a charming recast of Bull Durham, from the perspective of a budding young journalist It s not quite a hit, but not a total out I guess it will be your fi This was something of a let down If you are familiar with Leavy s nonfiction biographies The Last Boy, for instance, on Mickey Mantle , you know she is abundantly familiar with the game andimportantly what baseball is all about Given her pedigree as a writer, I really was expectingAs it stands, this felt like an attempt at a charming recast of Bull Durham, from the perspective of a budding young journalist It s not quite a hit, but not a total out I guess it will be your fielder s choice Good The literary equivalent of Major League Uproariously funny Anyone that ever played the game can relate to the craziness that comes with a group of men playing a kids game. 2.5 starsI m writing a review for this for a new baseball blog that is launching soon and I will link to that once it goes live in a couple of weeks. Funny, sometimes LOL funny Enjoyable. Jane Leavy has written several sports related books that I ve really enjoyed, all best selling non fiction, about stars such as Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax Squeeze Play is the fictional account of a hapless major league team and the locker room antics they engage in.It s a raunchy story full of sex talk and nasty tricks with little to recommend it as great fiction But, as a career sportswriter with access to locker room antics, Leavy lets out all the secrets about a woman in an atmosphere Jane Leavy has written several sports related books that I ve really enjoyed, all best selling non fiction, about stars such as Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax Squeeze Play is the fictional account of a hapless major league team and the locker room antics they engage in.It s a raunchy story full of sex talk and nasty tricks with little to recommend it as great fiction But, as a career sportswriter with access to locker room antics, Leavy lets out all the secrets about a woman in an atmosphere of naked men with nothing but time on their hands and a woman to harass Out of some 100,000 words in her book, probably 25,00 f words and numerous other foul expressions dominate I suspect she used some literary license in her account to create interest because, during 30 years in a male dominated firehouse, I never witnessed such licentious behavior.I did, however, enjoy the book because her descriptions, while outlandish, gave real insight into the pressure put upon professional baseball players It s not an easy game although it appears peaceful and serene compared to football, hockey, and basketball The striving for perfection that keeps players in the game creates great tension Their performance is always open to discussion and criticism The plot is about the demands and performance standards that keep their lives in turmoil and their careers unstable.Not a book for the prudish, it s a revelation for those who know sports They shouldn t be shocked to find that the boys of summer are not choirboys I enjoyed its raucous atmosphere and waded through its raunchiness with many a laugh and even a little anguish I thank the author for taking me inside the locker room ^E-PUB ⇴ Squeeze Play: A Novel ☠ Inspired by the author s career as a sportswriter for the Washington Post, Squeeze Play tells the story of female reporter A B Berkowitz, who is assigned to cover the men of the Washington Senators the worst team in major league baseball Life in the locker room shows her not just the players um assets but also their all too human frailties Love for the game and love for the newspaper business are the stars in this hilarious and heartbreaking novel that will have you singing a rousing chorus of Take Me Out to the Locker Room People