For baseball fans, or those who have been trying to figure out a baseball fan, this book is an extension of the conversations fans have all had. Often we are trying to answer that perennial question, ""Why do you love baseball?"" Or, we are comparing notes with fellows on our history and hopes for our game. We fans all have stories about how we've come to love baseball, and why we continue to love it so.
In these pages we're sharing tales of developing an abiding relationship with baseball. Writers tell of youthful lessons, Spring Training adventures, the ways family and friends' relationships have settled around the culture of the game, the lifelong passions for baseball and the many ways they develop and change over a lifetime. The essays are organized like a baseball season — beginning with stories about the hope and eternal optimism of Spring Training, followed with the guts and the grind of the baseball season proper, and then winding up with writings about the anticipation, heartbreak, and glory of post-season play. The thirty contributors are from many walks of life, from throughout the U.S., and are fans of baseball everywhere.