I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever

I Don t Care if We Never Get Back Games in Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever Ben a sports analytics wizard loves baseball Eric his best friend hates it But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip an impossible dream of every pitch of games in

  • Title: I Don't Care if We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever
  • Author: Ben Blatt Eric Brewster
  • ISBN: 9780802122742
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ben, a sports analytics wizard, loves baseball Eric, his best friend, hates it But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip, an impossible dream of every pitch of 30 games in 30 stadiums in 30 days, who will he call on to take shifts behind the wheel, especially when those shifts will include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City EriBen, a sports analytics wizard, loves baseball Eric, his best friend, hates it But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip, an impossible dream of every pitch of 30 games in 30 stadiums in 30 days, who will he call on to take shifts behind the wheel, especially when those shifts will include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City Eric, of course Will Eric regret it You might ask, Are Dodger Dogs the same thing as Fenway Franks As Ben and Eric can now attest, most definitely.On June 1, 2013, Ben and Eric set out to see America through the bleachers and concession stands of America s favorite pastime Along the way, human error and Mother Nature throw their mathematically optimized schedule a few curveballs A mix up in Denver turns a planned day off in Las Vegas into a twenty hour drive And a summer storm of biblical proportions threatens to make the whole thing logistically impossible, and that s if they don t kill each other first.Charming, insightful, and hilarious, I Don t Care If We Never Get Back is a book about the love of the game, the limits of fandom, and the limitlessness of friendship.

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    1. This book is funny. No, it is hilarious. Being a reader of travel memoirs in quantity, this one shines. Is it the most literate journey ever recorded? Is it the depth of human misery or a compassionate journey of empathy supreme? No. It is not.It is simply the best travel driving trip record I have ever read for modern USA. It also says as much about baseball fan people as it does about friendship and other "after college" changes of lifestyle wind. Will you enjoy this if you absolutely loathe b [...]

    2. This book is hilariously charming in a way that only die hard baseball fans could understand. Many opt for a post college trip to Europe, these two chose baseball. Many dream of attending games at every stadium- I myself have been to 8- and they made it a reality. The writing isn't the greatest but my experience with travelogues is that none stand out as unforgettable narratives. What is special is the trip and the two young men who embarked on it, adding trips to Cooperstown, Williamsport, the [...]

    3. Enjoyable tale of two guys who visit 30 baseball stadiums in 30 days. It is enjoyable, in part, because of their friendship and because Ben reveres baseball while Eric loathes it. There are interesting facts peppered in, as well as a look at the numbers of baseball. (I may hate the Cubs but I got a kick out of Ben's love for all things Theo Epstein.) I did wish they'd offered more of a commentary on their White Sox game- sometimes the chapters centered more on the drive and travel logistics than [...]

    4. I was fine with the authors' point of view going between Eric, Ben and "we"; I'd seen it used in another collaborative book previously. That aside, I can see why other reviewers weren't thrilled by this one. Doing something for the sake of doing it isn't exactly the greatest way to generate enthusiasm in readers, rather it just makes them want to get the thing over with, too.Not being a huge baseball fan, I'm not sure most who are would find that aspect all that satisfying; at most, there are a [...]

    5. This book gets one star for being about baseball and a second for being about a baseball roadtripat said getting through it was a challenge. The authors writing, cloying and self-important, provides little enjoyment or nuance. One gets the sense that in their minds they frame this trip may be the most difficult thing they have ever had to "endure" and it becomes a challenge to cheer them on. It's not a bad read for baseball fans. I just wish it had better narrators.

    6. Things I love, in no particular order:1) Math nerds2) Road trips3) BaseballThis book had me at linear optimization. The premise of 30 games in 30 days is one of those wonderful ideas that I am glad to know someone else has already done, and I know how difficult that can be. I tried to visit minor league games on a recent road trip, and was only successful in Albuquerque, and that game got rained out (torrential thunderstorm) before the end of the first half inning.Because others have already don [...]

    7. I wanted to love this book! Visiting all 30 baseball parks is on my bucket list. And while I did get through this book, I got bored. I kept going because I wanted to know it ended, which was very anticlimactically. The way the authors write in both third and first person can get very confusing (and even more frustrating). I even found myself starting to read some of their banter on the roadtrip and would skip past the entire conversation because it just wasn't funny. Don't get me wrong, there ar [...]

    8. This book got better as it went on. The premise seems cool and fun -- go to all 30 MLB ballparks in 30 days. The reality, of course, is that there's *a lot* of driving in all that, which can be a challenge to make interesting. Because of issues with the narrative technique of the two-person memoir (alternating between first and third person), it took me a while to remember which of the co-authors was a baseball-loving stats nerd (Ben) and which was the baseball hater (Eric), so the beginning was [...]

    9. It took a little bit to get used to the switching between first and third person. For someone that likes baseball, this was entertaining. I'm not sure why but I found the parts about the foam fingers especially funny.

    10. Review title: Baseball fantasy, fractured realityA couple new college graduates, one a stat-loving baseball nerd, the other a California kid and president of Harvard Lamson whose favorite sport is horseracing, take off days after graduation on the trip of a lifetime, a dream that turns into a more nuanced reality. Ben, the baseball nerd, was the brains behind the trip, creating a computer algorithm to plan the trip with the optimal sequence of games and start times to hit all the home fields in [...]

    11. This was a surprisingly fun book to read. I don't care much about baseball and even less about algorithms and statistics, but this race to see 30 home games in 30 days grew on me with every chapter. Near the end of the book, when they were speeding from Houston to Chicago, I was on the edge of my seat urging them on. When their foray into Canada almost ended in disaster, I was so anxious for them, so relieved that they made it. I liked the quirky writing style of using three voices: Ben, Eric, t [...]

    12. Tore through this book that is as much about the culture of baseball as it is about the game itself. The scores and innings run together and are largely forgettable, but it's the few moments here and there, whether at the end of the game or before it even begins, that last. Great read.

    13. A book that had me laughing cover to cover, these two guys go on the most impossible baseball road trip and somehow live to tell the hilarious tale. A must read for baseball fans!

    14. ALRIGHT! WOO-HOO! You're a 20-something guy, just graduated college, and you are ready! Fucking ready! Woo-hoo (again)! It's time for the classic American experience: ROAD TRIP! And with an excellent twist you're going to visit all 30 MLB ballparks in 30 consecutive days.Fuck! Woot, woot!We're talking Adventure. Excitement. Drinkin. Cursin. Watching the game. Chase a girl or two. Get into (and out of) trouble. Fall down. Get up. Have the time of your life [pause]Nope. Not Ben Blatt and Eric Brew [...]

    15. Two young men set out on a road trip across America, to see 30 games in all 30 MLB parks in 30 days. One is a baseball fanatic who adores Theo Epstein. The other hates it. Hilarious misadventures follow. This book was a travel memoir: It was about the journey, and their friendship, and less about actual baseball. I should have realized I would enjoy it, since the co-authors were both writers for the Harvard Lampoon, like Simon Rich - I enjoy smart, funny writing. I mean, it's clear they're only [...]

    16. I am a fan of baseball, but I don't have a team. In general, I like to watch a good game of baseball, where both teams are present and paying attention and giving it their all. I'm also a big fan of the nostalgic feelings surrounding baseball, having willingly (and enthusiastically) watched most baseball movies and read my fair share of W. P. Kincella's works. So, in theory, I can understand how author Ben might have been messing around to create the original schedule for 30 games in 30 days. An [...]

    17. I once did what I thought was an "epic" baseball tour with a friend from school. Starting in Ontario, we went to three baseball games in four days, driving a grand loop that took us to games in Detroit, Baltimore and Boston.That was hardly epic in comparison to what Blatt and Brewster undertook here. They set out to visit 30 MLB ballparks in 30 days travelling by car - THAT is epic.When I first picked up the book I thought it would be a quaint little travelogue that talked about every ballpark's [...]

    18. This is a really fun read.The goal is to watch baseball games in all 30 major league parks in 30 days. They'll drive from park to park and criss-cross across the country. And they will be at every single game from the first pitch to the last. It's an ambitious schedule. Traffic, construction, extra innings and rainouts could ruin the whole plan. It's told from the collaborative point of view of Ben, who loves baseball and devised the optimal road trip algorithm, and Eric, his college friend who [...]

    19. This book was getting 2 stars for most of the way through it. It wasn't particularly well written--the authors had a habit of alternating between third person singular and first person plural, sometimes in the same paragraph--and nothing about the plot or the two main protagonists made it particularly engaging. But then Eric's mom spilled the beans in Florida. Eric, she told Ben, had gone on the road trip because, and only because, he didn't want to let Ben down. And just like that, the dynamic [...]

    20. Such a fun, light, enjoyable read! As two men, Eric and Ben decide to take on the unlikely road trip of 30 ball parks in 30 days across North America- I was constantly curious to know if they would make it as many obstacles arose throughout. I appreciated the story was mostly told with "we" aka both characters as the narrator but also sometimes jumped between Ben and Eric's version of the situation. Also breaking down each chapter for the ball park and road trip to travel there made it fun to fo [...]

    21. the book barely made 3 stars for me. as a baseball book it is extremely lacking. all stadiums the same? some times they do not even report who won a game. as a travel book it is almost only about miles and hours driven with almost zero description of the country they are driving through. still it is a fun easy read about 2 buddies taking a dream trip. i probably would have lasted only a couple of days with a couple of guys who are not that interestingr 2 writers, the use of the first person and [...]

    22. Cute in theory, but the trip itself is completely inadvisable. I never would have agreed to such a schedule, but I guess both authors now have a story they can tell for the rest of their lives. On another note, the narration felt weird to me. The authors talk in the 3rd person as Eric or Ben but then also in the first person plural as a we. My brain kept getting hung up on this fact while reading. This book is enjoyable but not without its flaws.

    23. This book was about two recently graduated Harvard friends, who attended 30 major league baseball games at all 30 different baseball parks in a 30 day period. As I also have attended games at each teams park (over a 30 year period), I thought it would be an interesting read, however, it was OK at best.

    24. Here's my issues with the book:-The authors are less interested in baseball than they are the probability of seeing 30 games in 30 days. Their disinterest in the game becomes tiresome quickly.-Their constant transition from first-person to third-person, sometimes in the same paragraph, was confusing and distracting.

    25. I've always dreamed of a baseball road trip, so I got to live vicariously through these guys. I ripped through 350 pages in just a few hours over a couple of days. So it's a quick read. Well-written - the actual games take the sideline while the rest of the experience shines through. A ton of fun.

    26. I wish they had alternated writing the chapters.Perfect for anyone who loves baseball, road trips and stadiums.

    27. I rarely laugh out loud reading, but I'll say that I did so multiple times with this book. It's self-aware and well paced. The concept is inherently appealing, and the authors do a good job of showing what's fun and what's miserable about watching baseball this way. At almost 350 pages, I thought it would take me longer than it did, but the writing moves briskly and it's easy to say "I'll just read about one more game." Some of the dialogue is just about 10% too cute to be fully believed. I reco [...]

    28. I love baseball. I haven't always loved baseball, but much like coffee and beer, it's an acquired taste that I've really come to savor each year come April 1st (the traditional first day in baseball) through to the end of summer and into the first cold days of fall. So I was really excited to read this book: two guys, thirty days, all thirty ball parks. Throw in a buddy road trip comedy, too. So why was it so bad? Why did it take me more than two months to get through what was not a difficult or [...]

    29. Checked this out from the library what seems like 5 times. Finally chugged through it in the end! I really wanted to know about this pair's journey to all 30 MLB ballparks in 30 days (our bucket list is to go to all 30 in our lifetimes - not in 30 days!). Writing was stilted at times and just didn't grab me and keep me interested -- hence the multiple renewals and checkouts. But I did it! Felt accomplished after getting this one on the "read" list.

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