Fenway Fever

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Fenway Fever
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Release Date
April 12, 2012
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978-0399246654
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Happy 100th Birthday, Fenway Park!

"Stats" Pagano may have been born with a heart defect, but he lives for three things: his family's hot dog stand right outside fabled Fenway Park, his beloved Red Sox, and any baseball statistic imaginable. When the family can no longer make ends meet with the hot dog stand, life becomes worrisome for Stats. Then the Sox go on a long losing streak and the team's ace pitcher--and Stats's idol--becomes convinced the famed Curse of the Bambino has returned. Stats just has to help . . . but how? As the Sox faithful sour on their team, Stats forms a plan that ultimately unifies an entire city and proves that true loyalty has a magic all its own.

In honor of Fenway Park's 100th birthday, baseball novelist John H. Ritter delivers an inspiring tale for the sports fan in each of us, regardless of team allegiance.

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"Stats" Pagano has a life that is closely tied to the fortunes of the Boston REd Sox. His grandfather started a hot dog stand (Papa Pagano's Red Sox Red Hots) and had two season tickets which he gave to Stats' father, who now runs the stand. The Sox are not doing well, and people are afraid that the "Curse of the Bambino" has returned. Stats takes it upon himself to try to figure out if there is something about the stadium or stadium atmosphere that might lead to a bad season, and seeks out information from several people, one of whom thinks that the curse might be tied to the rats in the stadium and the hawks (or lack thereof) brought in to keep down the population. In addition to trying to break the curse, Stats has his own problems-- he has always had a weak heart, and needs a pacemaker, and his father is in a huge amount of debt since the death of his mother. His father's answer to the problem is to sell the hot dog stand and the season tickets, but Stats doesn't want that to happen. Can he figure out how to solve his family's problems AND the problems of the Red Sox?
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This book had a ton of local color. I don't follow baseball, but this book clearly portrays a neighborhood where baseball is everything. It almost makes me want to go to a baseball game. There is also enough baseball and baseball lore to keep sports fans interested.
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