Baseball metaphors abound in popular culture -- curveball, home run, strikeout. Those kinds of references pretty much exhaust what I know about the sport, but this baseball novel has struck a chord.
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There are major risks to writing a baseball novel, one, you can easily lose the baseball-loving reader with one false note, and two, you can lose everyone else if the balance between "baseball" and "novel" tips too far toward baseball.
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