- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401323707
- ISBN-13: 978-1401323707
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball Hardcover – May 4, 2010
From Publishers Weekly
A day at the ball park prompts a meditation on family ties in this loose-limbed, beguiling memoir. Sports journalist Leitch (God Save the Fan) recounts a 2008 game at Wrigley Field at which he and his father watched their beloved St. Louis Cardinals lose to the Chicago Cubs, who were on the brink of clinching the divisional title. His sprightly color commentary covers the bases with adroitly analyzed play-by-play, awed encomiums to Cards slugger Albert Pujols (an alien using superior technology to mock us feeble humans), and rabid incitements against the hated Cubs. As in any ball game, there's plenty of downtime for arcane statistics, ruminations on drug scandals—who cares, Leitch asks, as long as steroids mean more homers?—and commercial interruptions (I'm a subscriber to the MLB At Bat application, which allows you access to... real-time score updates with full box scores and stats). Most of all, Leitch delivers an homage to his dad, a laconic stalwart brimming with manly truths—some imparted while driving a pickup with an open container—that sports bring to the surface. The result is a jaunty, heartfelt, Father's Day–ready celebration of baseball as the ultimate bonding rite. Photos. (May)
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About the Author
Will Leitch is a writer based in New York City and the founding editor of the Gawker Media sports blog Deadspin. Leitch is a contributing editor at New York, a contributor to The New York Times, GQ, Fast Company and Slate, and has published three books, Catch, a novel; Life as a Loser, a memoir; and God Save the Fan, a book of sports essays.
Top Customer Reviews
So many baseball books, even the good ones, are either overly sentimental, overly technical or an extended game summary. Leitch falls into none of those traps despite the fact that the book oozes with sentimentality, has some great technical discussions and actually is, in fact, one long game summary. Neat trick.
'Are We Winning' lets a love for baseball, tradition, and family shine through with great humor. It is a very funny, honest and insightful book.
Such is the case for the author of this book, Will Leitch. His commentary on the quirky rivalry between the Cardinals and Cubs, and the equally quirky perspective of his dad, is a joy to read. Leitch's narrative is at times hysterical; at times poignant; but always entertaining.
Capturing the essence of what baseball represents for fathers and sons everywhere; especially those engaged in that friendly rivalry between Cards and Cubs fans; this book is most definitely "a winner". I loved it.
This is a book about baseball and its not. If you don't know a force out from a hit and run, don't be put off. Buy this book.
Will Leitch has constructed a multi-tiered book that resonates at every level. It is about baseball, sure, and the die hard baseball fan will love his passion and observations on the game. But, to say this book uses baseball as a metaphor for life would be selling it short. The passion for baseball Will shares with his father, Bryan is merely the vehicle to get to the bigger stuff: family, adversity, coming of age, small town life, college friendships, sibling interaction, whew-that's just the first chapter.
Will handles all of this and more with humor, sarcasm, and a self-deprecating style. He writes well and the book has an easy conversational flow to it. When Will digresses, and he does digress with reckless abandon, he always circles back on the point he is making. He uses the artiface of this book being a message to his future son and it works. The little "what we have learned" chapter summaries are also an interesting touch.
Ultimately this book is about fathers and sons and I have passed my copy along to my son, Bryan, in hopes tht he finds it as compelling as I did.
Like Deadspin, the tone here unapologetically switches from irreverent to vulgar, arcane to insightful, macro to micro analyses and ruminations. But in a good way! The good thing about the writing on sites like Deadspin is that it seems more like the way people really think and feel, and less like a detached, authoritarian sermon.
The author absolutely adores his dad -- pop is presented as an old-fashioned, hard-drinking, loyal, friendly, hardworking, wise, down-to-earth, "everybody's buddy" type of guy. Leitch recognizes that his own generation (GenX/slackers) will never match the previous generation's outlook or acheivements, for better AND for worse.
The Cardinals are another source of abject adoration for Leitch and his father, and their jersey-wearing, score-book carrying obsession with the team is kind of cute and kind of insufferable. Look, every "baseball town" out there feels they are the best fans, with the most storied history, the most history, of any team. Listening to Leitch fawn over his Cards is like listening to some adoring parent gush about their precious kid: we get it. All kids (and teams, and fanbases) are special. But the glowing praise of his team (and his father) doesn't make Leitch's book unlikable; it makes it more human and sincere. He is not tamping his excitement for his subjects.
If you are already a fan of Deadspin, reading this is a no-brainer. Leitch's style IS Deadspin's style, after all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a Cubs fan, married to a Cardinals fan who raised our son to be a Cardinal fan, I knew I had to buy this book. We all loved it. The author really knows his Cardinal players. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Rose 1002
As a son, father, and baseball fan I found this to be a terrific read. I highly recommend this book about baseball and life.Published on February 12, 2013 by MJC
Will Leitch does a great job relateing ot Card and Cubs fans. The book also mentions many central Illinois towns and buisness's.Published on February 3, 2013 by Kenneth E Steury
Over the course of my life, I have read few sports books that truly capture the essence of being a baseball fan. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by Zachary Koenig
As an adult who grew up in the Midwest before moving East for college and staying for adulthood....I was ready to love this book. Funny moments existed (loved the Mr. Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by little league mom
Great book that details a Cubs/Cardinals game inning by inning. It includes many relatable stories about Will's father, from childhood all the way up to present day. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by lcopelan
Are We Winning? Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball tells of a father/son trip to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs play. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by Midwest Book Review