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Baseball's Starry Night: Reliving Major League Baseball's 2011 Wild Card Night of Shock and Awe Paperback – March 26, 2012

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About the Author

Paul Kocak (@kocakwords) is a professional writer with more than 20 years’ experience. A poet, blogger, humorist, and consummate baseball fan, his humor writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Toronto Globe & Mail, New York Magazine, and the New Statesman (U.K.). He is a frequent contributor to the baseball blog OneFlapDown77.com. A Le Moyne College graduate, Kocak lives with his family in Syracuse, New York. At last count, he has attended games at 19 Major League ballparks. The first game featured Billy Pierce against Whitey Ford at Yankee Stadium.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Digitature (March 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615622305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615622309
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At its best, sports mimics the heroics we all aspire to in daily life. When someone overcomes long odds in sports, it reminds us of the triumphs we sometimes encounter. That's what I've tried to bottle and share in my first book. I like wordplay (sometimes finding it hard to rein it in). My writing ranges from haiku to essay to meditation. I've worked as a teacher and as a technical editor and marketing communications person in corporate environments. But writing "Baseball's Starry Night" gave me the chance to indulge my affection for baseball, which goes back to backyards with my dad and my brothers. The surprise reward of all this has been discovering relationships with fans scattered far and wide. If successful, my writing reaches folks in the same way a conversation at a ballgame does.

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One night, 4 games, 20 fans...a story of 2011's Game 162s. Paul has written a great book about what will go down as one of the most historic (and certainly most exciting) nights in baseball. The book brings to life the weeks leading up to the night, the teams, and their fans. If you like baseball even a little....get yourself this book. And keep it for your kids, when they ask about Baseball's Starry Night.
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This is an excellent and entertaining book that grabbed me from the get-go and wouldn't let go. It's an exciting, poignant, insightful, and often humorous account of one of the craziest and most dramatic nights in baseball history. It's about baseball, but it's also about the human connection between the fans of this wonderful game. This book has a lot of love for the great game of baseball and its fans who treasure it. I highly recommend it!
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One night, 4 games, 20 fans...a story of 2011's Game 162s. Paul has written a great book about what will go down as one of the most historic (and certainly most exciting) nights in baseball. The book brings to life the weeks leading up to the night, the teams, and their fans. If you like baseball even a little....get yourself this book. And keep it for your kids, when they ask about Baseball's Starry Night.
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Paul Kocak has written an incredible read in Baseball's Starry Night.It appears all the stars were aligned in their rightful places for this game of inches to occur on one night.Paul has done his homework and put together a book which should be considered some of the best of baseball lore.He has hit a home run with this book.Paul Kocak has done the game and the book proud with this writing.
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Paul does a great job here...making the reader feel almost as if they are at the games. I highly suggest this book for anyone who loves the game of baseball. The only thing I would have liked better is if Paul had chronicled the San Francisco Giants miraculous ride to their first and only title in San Francisco.

Maybe that is the synthisis for your next book, Paul!
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In this gem of a book Paul Kocak, who has had a life-long affair with baseball, his wife consenting, has wonderfully combined erudite narrative and down to earth e-mail communications and twitter with philosophical reflection, and set them all within the mythic framework to which they all belong in communicating the agony and the ecstasy of the greatest night in baseball history and the times leading up to it.

Never had it come down to anything like this before - eight teams deciding on the last day of the regular season who might have a shot at the World Series. In reading this book, fans of the winners that night will delight in reliving the thrilling experience through awakened memory and aroused feeling. Fans of the losers will find a measure of catharsis in bringing to the surface again a once unbearable loss. Fans of the Yankees will remember their mixed feelings. What did they want more? For their Yanks to win and show their superiority, or for the Yanks to lose and send Boston straight to the Hall of Shame again? Hard choice! But whatever, all readers of this marvelous book will be led to renewed gratitude for being alive and so thoroughly focused that night, when the baseball gods descended and called the plays. And they will thank Kocak for providing an engrossingly entertaining way of bringing it all back to us.

Not that all in this book focuses on this starry night and games leading to it. Kocak allows himself the freedom to flashback and explore other memorable times when destiny sent managers to the clubhouse and took control of the game through their agents - Bobby Thompson, Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner. In the end, then, the book is more than about one starry night. It is about fans' love for baseball and appreciation for its great moments and the ensuing lore that links generation to generation.
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This is a great story. Told well. A quick read. Captures the excitement of the moments leading to the end of the regular season and leading into the playoffs. A great read for any baseball fan.
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If you consider yourself a true fan of the game and was blessed to have witnessed this wonderful culmination of the 2011 season, then this book will be better than whatever movie MLB or Ken Burns can try to put together. For those who remember being splitting interest at your own game of importance while watching the other TV or looking at your cell phone for updates on the out of town scoreboard, Kocak is able to recreate that intensity of the evening. As a Rays fan stuck in New England bar watching the Red Sox trying to hold on and the Yankees falling into a miraculous collapse was a gut wrenching moment that I revisit every time I pick up this book. If you don't get wrapped up in the excitement then you just don't know what it means to be a baseball fan.
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