"While baseball games generally last nine innings, the memories they elicit endure for a lifetime. Baseball fans mark time by where they were when significant events occurred--a no-hitter achieved or broken up in the ninth inning, a game-winning home run, a monumental or historical achievement or simply a few hours shared with friends, disputing a manager's wisdom--or lack thereof--and downing beer and peanuts. Ted Leavengood's The 2005 Washington Nationals
, chronicling the first season of the Washington Nationals and baseball's return to the nation's capital, shares this fan-centric view of America's pastime, taking readers into the swaying seats of RFK Stadium as they witness the unfolding of a long-awaited love affair. Leavengood offers a thorough evaluation of the Nationals' debut season, relying on a well-honed, fan-in-the-stands perspective. Before players played, managers managed, or sportswriters worked a deadline, we were all baseball fans, dreaming of ninth-inning heroics. Leavengood captures that passion for the game in its simplest form--one that all too often is forgotten. --Pete Kerzel, free-lance reporter for The Associated Press
About the Author
Urban planner Ted Leavengood
writes a column for seamheads.com and his work has appeared in Elysian Fields Quarterly.