Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Review: Baseball Dads

Baseball DadsBaseball Dads by Matthew S. Hiley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I hate baseball. This is a very unpopular sentiment as I now live in a baseball town, with some of the best baseball fans on earth. I appreciate what it does for the local economy, and yes, haters, I understand the game. I just don’t find it enjoyable. This book, though, was right up my alley. For those of you diehards there is plenty of baseball, and for those of you into sarcasm noire Baseball Dads definitely is a love story. I will warn you, there is a lot of language, drugs and impossible porny sex, so don’t read it if you have a sensitive stomach. There is also a character who cannot text to save his life, for all you grammar nazis out there. But the basic gist of the story is one Dad, Dwayne, is tired of his talented son being overlooked on his baseball team because he refuses to play into the social politics that is apparently very common in Texas youth sports. Rather than kiss up to the coach, he arranges for him to meet his untimely demise. Then the same for the assistant coach. And whoever else gets in his way. He develops a superhero bro code that the other dads can’t live up to, and takes off righting social injustices in their warped little community. On the way he rekindles the love with his wife, wins the respect of his son when he steps in to coach, and becomes America’s underdog with his superhero antics.

Keep in mind, this is clearly satire. I think it seems pretty clear, but just in case. If you identify with anyone who gets killed, this book is probably not the best one for you. But if you agree with author Matthew Hiley’s disgust for hypocrisy everywhere, and don’t mind that despite the language the biggest insult hurled is being called a Democrat, then the book is darkly hilarious. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to do the things to that person in your life that you’ve always imagined, Dwayne Devero actually gets the chance to do those things. Assuming you are not naturally inclined to give in to homicidal tendencies, you should find this story extremely cathartic.

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