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Vermont Author; Sox theme; 'nough said.

Since no one really wants to talk about the real Sox today, let's venture into fiction. I recently read a book by Vermont novelist Howard Frank Mosher called "Waiting for Teddy Williams." Since this is Vermont, Sox-related, and perhaps a distraction from the freefall, I thought I'd mention it. It's a well written novel about a child, Ethan Allen, in a Northeast Kingdom town called Kingdom Common. He might be more obsessed with baseball than even I was as a child. He dreams of being a player on the Sox, and surviving as a "wrong side of the tracks" kid in a forgotten, rural village. The characters are wonderful; the story is entertaining; the baseball is captivating. I have yet to decide why the author uses such stock names in his fictitious world, but, while that is mildly distracting, it does not hurt the book overall. If you want a nice, late-summer read, you should check it out.

The impetus for this little "review" was an interview this morning on VPR with Mr. Mosher, where he lets us know an S.I. writer called him up after the Sox won the Series to check if he's actually a profit (the book came out in 2004). The extended interview includes his musings on this season's Red Sox. However, I became a bit skeptical about the author's detailed MLB knowledge when he says, "I fear that, unless the Sox can go out and buy another Curt Schilling, this may not be their year..." Now, we all know it's too late for the Sox to pull off any additions to their 40 man roster. Obviously. What an amateur. Am I right?


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