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Homer Newbody lived to play baseball.
A nobody from nowhere given little chance to ever play Major League Baseball, he was taught not only how to pitch, but to respect the game, by a uncle who dies before ever seeing Homer play professionally,
When he gets his chance to pitch for the New York Yankees after long years in the minors, Homer seems to have everything he wants.
He has little idea of what forces he will come up against when he makes it known that he is willing to play for nothing. In a baseball era dripping with big money, steroids, scandals and overall cynicism, many wonder if Homer is for real.
A New York Progress sportswriter named Leslie Shamback, for one, isn’t sure what to make of this small town guy with the simple values. But when she delves a little deeper into his past she finds more than she bargained for, including possibly love.
Homer’s troubles are hardly relegated to Leslie and the rest of the jaded New York media. Much of the baseball fraternity does not take kindly to Homer. Of his teammates, Tom “The Tracer” Traber, a highly paid veteran pitcher, makes it clear that Homer has no business blowing his horn about ballplayers owing their hearts and their souls to a game. To Tracer, baseball is a business a player has every God-given right to make as much money from as he can.
Homer is well-loved and embraced by a great segment of a baseball-loving America too, including a fan base, Homer’s Old Town Nine. This group, which gains a national following, shows up regularly in ballparks wearing crossed out dollars signs on their baseball jerseys.
Homer was thrust into the spotlight after tossing two consecutive no-hitters in this first two Major League starts. While not seeking the spotlight, his down-home persona is a refreshing escape in a sport awash with problems.
As the team fights for a division title, Homer finds himself coping with the pressure of winning not only at the Major League level, but in New York, the baseball capital. But Homer plugs on, despite the press; a scandal of sorts from his past; scraps with teammates and opponents; romance and heartbreak; a search for a wayward father; his arrest in the idyllic village of Cooperstown, N.Y., the home of baseball’s Hall of Fame; and finally, a near-career-ending injury. At the end of the season he’s faced with his biggest foe of all: his own mortality.

Living the baseball dream

9 Oct

Sometimes, we have a defining moment in life, where everything becomes clear. Nick Grimes, a 45-year-old pitcher for a local league, is chatting with his catcher, a younger guy who really doesn’t love baseball and wonders about his future.

“I guess it comes down to finding your passion,” Grimes says.

Once “a baseball-playing fool,” Grimes took a circuitous route, but he finally found his passion and what mattered most in life. He’s the central character in Mike Reuther’s latest book, “Baseball Dreams, Fishing Magic: One Man’s Trip Through This Crazy Thing Called Life.”

Reuther is a longtime reporter for the Williamsburg Sun Gazette, “a long-suffering” New York Mets fan who has written about politics, health, local government and sports. He also plays in Sunday summer leagues for older adults.

Reuther has written several books; his previous effort, “Nothing Down,” was about a pitcher who loved baseball so much, he was willing to play for free. “Baseball Dreams, Fishing Magic” digs deeper, and even at 110 pages, establishes some strong characters and has a more realistic feel to it.

The characters in this book, which takes place in central Pennsylvania, revolve around Grimes. There is Hal Smeedly, Grimes’ best friend who turns him on to his second passion in life, fly fishing. Side note: for the second straight book, a man named Hal serves as the inspirational force for the main character. In “Nothing Down,” pitcher Homer Newbody gained his love of baseball from his Uncle Hal.

Another side note: while Grimes never made it to the majors, his second passion is similar to that of baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, an accomplished angler who was an expert at tying flies.

Joe Blevin is the grizzled baseball lifer who sees something in Grimes, even when the pitcher is cut by the Detroit Tigers organization. Blevin and Grimes’ father continue to stoke the flames of the pitcher’s passion for baseball, even when the spark is gone.

“No matter how much you love baseball, it will never love you back,” Nick tells his father.

Jess, a waitress Grimes meets while out with Smeedly in a bar in their hometown of Klegersville, yearns for bigger things and wants to be a novelist. She takes an interest in Grimes, and their sporadic love interest through the years (while this is a short book, it zooms through four decades of life), foreshadows the book’s ending.

And finally there is the elusive Sir Jon, “a crazy mountain man” Grimes believes is “probably the most incredible fly fisherman I’ve ever seen.”

Sir Jon is certainly talented, and this enigmatic character speaks sparingly but eloquently about life.

“There’s no luck in life there fella,” he tells Grimes. “Luck is the residue of design. You folks back there in civilization. You don’t ever seem to grasp that.

“Live for oneself and not for others.”

That’s what Nick Grimes does. He shakes free from a bad marriage, makes a comeback to scratch his baseball itch, becomes successful as a fly fishing guide and settles down with that waitress-turned-author.

Reuther remains an engaging writer who creates believable characters. They are people readers can identify with. Every person, no matter how accomplished he or she might be in life, has faults. Reuther never loses sight of this as he writes.

That’s what makes “Baseball Dreams, Fishing Magic” so effective. The book’s moral — and its hook — comes right out of a chorus from Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party”:

“But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well

You see, you can’t please everyone so you’ve got to please yourself.”
Reuther’s book can be found at Amazon at

A baseball mystery, free Sept. 4, 5

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Only the drug pushers and scoundrels appear to thrive in Centre Town, Pa., home to the Class A baseball team Mets and childhood home of Cozzy Crager, the world-weary protagonist of “Return to Dead City.”
Crager and Centre Town are a perfect fit. Batting booze and his worst nightmares of years spent on the Albuquerque police force, he’s back in this decaying, crime-ridden town for the first time since he was a young man. Crager is barely settled into his gig as a detective when he gets an anonymous call of a murder.
Lance Miller, the Mets’ slugging star with the shadowy past, has been found dead in a downtown hotel. Lance’s time with the team had been brief, his relationship with teammates, lovers and others somewhat vague and mysterious.
And so, Crager begins the task of following leads and ferreting out information, a job that takes him from the back alleys of the city to the halls of academia. Crager works alone and without as much as a stipend. Soon, he wonders why. For he will have his hands full.
In “Return to Dead City,” Crager has come home without feeling exactly at home. For as Crager is to learn,Centre Town is a town where nothing has changed, but everything has changed.

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