"The Pitch is on the Way: Poems About Baseball and Life" by San Francisco poet Dan Liberthson, Ph.D. tells, in 50 concise and moving poems, the story of the author's lifelong love of the game. Twenty-one vivid and charming illustrations by a professional artist complete a visual and auditory feast. This attractive book is only $12.95, makes a great gift, and is available on Dan's website, Pitchpoems.com, or on Amazon.com. From the child's love of his bat and glove and the fantasy world of his mental big-league stadium, to the adult's discovery of respite from the stress of everyday life, these poems capture and present Americans' passion for baseball. As a reflection of life, the game offers victory or defeat on each play, at each position, and for each game and season. These poems convey the human reactions to both outcomes by creating full, feeling character studies of all the position players, hitters, and support staff: umpires, coaches, managers, and even batboys and groundskeepers.
How does it feel to be a pitcher who loses his control, a batter who gets the clutch hit, a catcher who risks his neck to block the plate, an umpire under fire from the crowd, or any of the people who make baseball happen? "The Pitch is on the Way" creates these participants so convincingly that, as retired NY Yankee Brian Doyle exclaims, "I could not put this book down; I could see, smell and feel each scene, be there in every poem."
Peter Magowan, President of the San Francisco Giants, says in his Foreword to the book, "Anyone who knows and loves baseball will enjoy this remarkable collection of poems," an opinion echoed by Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball, who also praises the book's insights into American culture. Nancy Etchemendy, award-winning writer and poet, though not a baseball fan, says the book "distills the game's magic so powerfully that it leaves me longing for summer and the ballpark." Don't miss this terrific book that captures the essence of the great American game!