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Cover and ebook design by Andrew Benzie






For Ralph, Ginger, Cliff, Natalie and Ryan, all of whom give me great joy.





Note to readers: A list of baseball lingo and definitions can be found at the back of the book.






Chapter One


The sunlight beats down through the master bedroom window and onto my face, bringing me back to consciousness. Bats seem to be flying circles in my intestines as I roll over into the fetal position and try to escape life’s reality for at least a few more minutes. I close my eyes, but have to open them again because the earth is spinning out of control. Sleep is out of the question.

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