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Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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From the Back Cover
Alyssa Milano is in love; she has been for some time. But the object of her affection isn't the subject of tabloid gossip or an actor; in fact, it isn't even a guy. It's a game, a game of nine innings that uses a ball made of leather and cork. A game called baseball.
Now in Safe at Home, Alyssa Milano, the mind behind the bestselling sports-clothing line Touch, tells the story about her lifelong obsession with baseball, revealing what the game has meant to her and why everyone should take a chance on nine innings. Like it does for so many of us, Alyssa's baseball story begins with a father. A native Brooklynite who scorned the Dodgers for abandoning the city he loved, her father was reunited with the team when he and his young daughter moved out west for a fledging TV show called Who's the Boss. It was then that Alyssa learned one of the fundamental truths of the game: No matter where you are, no matter how old you are, baseball connects you to your past.
As it turned out, the Dodgers were just the beginning. More than simply a book about the Dodgers, Safe at Home offers a view from the bleachers unlike any other, as Alyssa gives a fan's perspective on the heart-ache, headache, and joy that make every baseball season worth following. From arguing about the importance of baseball history to appreciating the quiet months of the off-season to criticizing Major League Baseball's response to the steroid scandal, Alyssa intertwines her thoughts about the game with stories from her life, bringing an intelligent, wry, and entertaining female voice to the world of baseball writing.
Throughout all the shifts in Alyssa's life—the madness of growing up a child star, having to navigate life's most awkward phases in front of the cameras—baseball has been her one constant, a distraction that was always welcome. Whether you're already a fan or you need some convincing, Safe at Home makes a compelling case for why baseball is and always will be America's game. The end result is a unique and unexpected book that is equal parts memoir, manifesto, and love letter to our national pastime.
About the Author
Alyssa Milano starred on such iconic TV shows as Who's the Boss? and Charmed. She continues to act and produce while also running Touch, the sports-clothing line for women that she founded. In addition, she is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and the lead ambassador for Global Network. She lives in Los Angeles.
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In short, this was an excellent read on two levels--for the baseball fan, and for those who will enjoy a well-written love note to one woman's passion for her avocation.
With a breezy style, she talks about her lifelong love affair with baseball and what the game means to her. It's a fun book about a subject I love.
Even so, I'm not sure what but there was something off-putting about this book. Maybe my sense that, more than anything else, she was showing off? Maybe my sense that there was not much organization and she was, instead, wandering through her topic? That doesn't make it bad, just, as I say, off-putting.
I wanted to absolutely love it but instead, I only liked it.
btw, I laughed at the one typo I spotted where she refers to the Word Series. I pictured writers squaring off against each other, each fall.
Alyssa gives a lot of reasons to be a fan of baseball, and I agree with just about everything she wanted to do as "Commissioner for a Day". I also agree with her excitement about the double play as I usually find myself clapping in response to a great play (unless of course it was my team that hit into it!). I also agree with her perspective on the "pink" clothes for Women. It never made sense for me since Pink has is not part of MOST team colors that I know of. That is why she created a clothing line for MLB just for women.
Her view of the game is interestng, the book is written pretty well in my opinion and you can tell it comes from the heart. Some of the stats may get confusing to people who don't know the game, but they could always just go ahead without "fully understanding" and them come back later if they wish.
Bottom Line: If you enjoy baseball, you will enjoy the book and Alyssa's views and thoughts about the game. If you are a fan of Alyssa Milano, you will enjoy learning about a big part of her life.