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The Pitcher's Mom [Kindle Edition]

Heather Choate Davis
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Bottom-of-the-ninth dreams are the stuff that young boys are made of. But boys grow. Destiny arrives on the doorstep –or, more likely, fails to– and all the while mothers look on, impotent witnesses to the great unknown. Such is the turf of The Pitcher’s Mom, a novel about big dreams, cup shopping, bleacher barbs, sore arms, mothers and sons, wrestling destiny, and the sacrifices we make for love. Finally, a baseball book that captures the game—from Little League to the pros— from the mom's point of view.

"Heather Davis has a much better insight into the whole baseball process than almost any of the parents I've known over the last 50+ years. If you're a mom with a kid in the game, and you want to look at the big picture, "The Pitcher's Mom" is the story you should be reading."

--Artie Harris, L.A. Dodgers Scout, Draft Room Coordinator, Elite Team Coordinator, featured in the hit movie Moneyball

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About the Author

Heather Choate Davis began her writing career as an advertising copywriter. Over the past 30 years, she’s written screenplays, teleplays, one-acts, liturgies, and books—beginning with her memoir, Baptism by Fire. She is currently working on her MA in Theology at Concordia University, Irvine. Davis lives in Mar Vista, CA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart Press (March 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Baseball March 20, 2012
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I grew up in the south where playing on a baseball and football team was pretty much mandatory. I was 5 when I got my first team uniform. And spent every summer at the ballpark until I was 14. This book makes me nostalgic for that time. There's a world, a community, that lives there and lives for it. I feel fortunate to have been a part of it. When I read Ms. Davis's book, there are so many wonderful moments that are either spot on true and really happened, or maybe she's such a good writer, they really feel like they did. That's just plain great writing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This non-baseball non-mom loved it! March 26, 2012
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First, a note for all you non-baseball non-moms out there: I loved this book, and I'm neither a baseball fan nor a mom - although like most I have enjoyed the former and vicariously practiced a bit of the latter via other routes. The themes in this book - sacrifice for those you love, the passionate pursuit of goals (with genetic fate even), coming of age, cup shopping discomfort (hmmm well, ladies have that too) - are universal.

My reading tastes run the gamut, but I always enjoy writing that offer depth without pretension, especially with a good dose of self-aware humor. The mother in this story is highly intelligent, a little neurotic at first, yet so ready to expand her comfort zone as a mother and a person that you chuckle along with her, eager to find out where her family ends up, and are perhaps even inspired... if not to love better, than at least go toss a ball with a great kid.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally loved this book! March 20, 2012
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This book was recommended to me by a friend and I couldn't put it down. I loved it! My son is 11 years old and has played little league and travel ball since he was 5. This book really hits the nail on the head with regard to little league, and said all of the things us parents think, but don't ever say. If you have a child that plays or ever played little league, you MUST read this book! I am recommending it to all my fellow baseball parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This pitcher's mom loved the book. May 26, 2012
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I downloaded the Kindle version while it was free, and wasn't expecting much. I thought it would be a lighthearted, cute story about a boy's first experience pitching. What I got instead was a moving story of four lives, and the real emotions mothers feel watching our sons grow up. I too have sat on the sidelines listening to other parents heckle my 10-year old. I too have sat silently praying, hoping, sending out every good vibe I could muster to the pitcher's mound where my only child stood alone. And the book covers a period of 19 years, which is more of a story than I expected. An enjoyable read with beautiful prose and real emotions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coach's wife LOVED this book! May 8, 2012
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You do not have to be the parent of an athlete to love this novel! It is fun and quirky and heartfelt in its entirety. I felt like a member of the family and I thoroughly enjoyed each of the main characters and their foibles. My husband has coached boys' baseball from ages 11 through HS for over 30 years, and I can empathize with every emotion felt by each character - from confusion to trepidation to triumph to amazement and every step in between. When Gus threw his first curve ball against all of Mom's wishes, I actually laughed right out loud; it was such a "real" experience. Believe me, all you "pitchers' moms" out there, coaches' wives and all other fans and relatives are suffering the ups and downs of youth sports right along with you. It doesn't matter what sport or activity your child plays or what age your child is (the grandma, Gabby, is perhaps the most honest character of all in this novel), the love comes through loud and clear. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Former Pitcher's Mom June 2, 2012
By Jayne
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I couldn't disagree more with Jennymack. This book kept my interest throughout, and the short little chapters seemed to make for a very fast read. As the single mom of a former pitcher/shortstop, in the neighborhood next to where the author currently lives (and having watched many a game at the same Little League field where Jill watched many a game), this story could have been my own. Although, I learned a lot more about baseball over the years than Jill did! This was a delightful book that I would highly recommend to any baseball parent or baseball lover--or any parent with a child in sports...or anyone else for that matter!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story May 11, 2012
By Jewels
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I found this book to be enjoyable to read--I was drawn into the story of a boy's love of baseball and his dedicated mom. It would make a great movie as well. Heather Choate Davis has a wonderful writing style that keeps you interested in the parallel story lines that intersect as you read. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet, Uplifting Story May 1, 2012
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I enjoyed every chapter of this book- having raised a son who lived & breathed baseball for much of his life, the characters really resonated with me. The story flows so well, & brought back wonderful memories. Highly recommend, and look forward to more from this talented writer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this book.
Jill, the mom was funny, just so over protective (like a lot of us moms). Gus was a cool kid who seemed to have it together more than his mom. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dennis D. Piepkorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball through a mom's eyes
Liked this book a lot. Would recommend to other baseball moms. She hits the climate and competition clearly and knows how you feel during the game. Bravo.
Published 14 months ago by mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Quick fun read for anyone with a little time on their hands I loved the characters in the book It ws a free Kindle purchase so I enjoyed it more!
Published on March 18, 2013 by Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Like reading a diary
I too am a pitchers mom and can relate to this book ,however, any mom or parent for that matter will love the story of life and sports and love and how each of our lives are... Read more
Published on January 7, 2013 by Patrice Wright
2.0 out of 5 stars The metaphors, man!
What a disappointment. Only got to page 98 (the page total was 339), but I couldn't stand it any more. The writer used way too many metaphors and too much flowery prose. Read more
Published on January 3, 2013 by Sharon Storm
1.0 out of 5 stars Such a good book- i am a pitchers mom
Being a mom if a pitcher with his future still unknown this book touched my heart & made me feel a little more normal
Published on October 19, 2012 by Maggie Scherer
2.0 out of 5 stars fan of the game, but not the book- 2 1/2 stars
I really wanted to like this book because I love the game, and was a pitcher's mom too. I could relate to a lot in this book (without giving spoiler's) from my parents- to learning... Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by sunshine
4.0 out of 5 stars The Pitcher's Mom
A friend loaned me this book several weeks ago. I thought it was fun and brought back memories of my childhood days at the baseball park and the pitching cages. Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by ValH
4.0 out of 5 stars Pitcher's Mom
I enjoyed this book--was a fun read, very aproapro. The characters were beleivable in the roles they portrayed. Read more
Published on July 22, 2012 by Reading Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
A must read for any baseball mom of a child any age. I have recommended this book to many of my baseball friends. Read more
Published on July 21, 2012 by B. Surrell
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More About the Author

I began my writing career as an advertising copywriter--left the agency world to raise my kids and do work more for love than money. Over the past 30 years, I've written screenplays, teleplays, one-acts, and books (beginning with my memoir, "Baptism by Fire"), taught creative writing and Junior Great Books, created an original, arts-based vespers called The Renaissance Service (TM), and led retreats at a high desert monastery. "The Pitcher's Mom" is my valentine to all the years spent watching my son play--and eventually coach--the game he taught me to love. It is not a true story, in the sense that it is not my story, but it will ring true for any mother who's ever washed a Little League uniform, or any parent who's ever waited and wondered if their child's big dream was actually meant to be. Many of the same themes are explored in "Elijah & the SAT: Reflections on a hairy, old, desert prophet and the benchmarking of our children's lives," a curious braid of memoir, social commentary, and biblical narrative. I completed my MA in Theology at Concordia University, Irvine and have co-founded a new business called icktank. We're dedicated to reclaiming the Christian conversation by demystifying insider language. Icktank's first book is "Loaded Words: Freeing 12 Hard Bible Words from Their Baggage." My thesis work will be released in January 2015 in a mainstream format under the title "Man Turned in on Himself: Understanding Sin in 21st-Century America."

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