A boy with a golden arm but no money for lessons. A mother who wants to give her son his dream before she dies. A broken down World Series pitcher who cannot go on after the death of his wife. These are the elements of "The Pitcher." A story of a man at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team. In the tradition of "The Natural" and "The Field of Dreams," this is a mythic story about how a man and a boy meet in the crossroads of their life and find a way to go on. You will laugh and you will cry as The Pitcher and Ricky prepare for the ultimate try out of life.
This book does everything right. The voice of Ricky comes through loud and clear. I totally got the mom. And the Pitcher is such a realistic character that I had to make sure this is a work of fiction.
If you want to read a great story about overcoming all odds to get your dream then this book is for you.
A Mexican American boy who has no money but big dreams and a broken down World Series Pitcher who agrees to coach him to make the highschool team. This is the Karate Kid of our age with a cross cultural reference to immigration reform as he is a "dream kid" and his mother is facing deportation. Highly enjoyable.