Love of Baseball in "Chasing the Dream" Book Review by Nicky

Love of Baseball in "Chasing the Dream"
A review of Joe Torre's autobiographical book, "Chasing the Dream".
# 149501 | 768 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 19, 2011 in Literature (American) , Sport (General)

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The paper describes how Joe Torre's "Chasing the Dream" is the life story of Torre and his lifelong quest to win a World Series ring. The writer points out that the book shows why baseball is so beloved in the country and how the game can take over your life. The writer discusses how his own life experiences helped him understand this book, and asserts that although he is not a Yankee fan, he now admires Torre for all his qualities.

From the Paper:

"My own life experiences helped me understand the work, because I'm a lover of baseball too, and so I could understand why Torre fell in love with the game and wanted to win a World Series so much. There is something magical about baseball in a big stadium decorated for the ultimate championship, and Torre manages to capture that magic, which makes his book come alive. For example, he writes, "This was one of them: a home run off Whitey Ford, with Mickey Mantle, his powerful legs giving up the chase, looking up at a baseball that I had hit as it flew away against the blue Florida sky" (Torre 86). His writing is powerful and shows his love for the game.
"The descriptions all are vivid. They show how much the game means to him and that is easy to understand, since I like the game too. He shows how it affected his whole life, and how his life is empty without it. It is an important baseball book, because it shows how the game can take over your life.
"In conclusion, I understand his love for the game, but I understand how it can consume you, too. That seems to be the case with Torre, and it may be why he was unsuccessful at other things, like marriage, (at first), because he was so obsessed with the game, there was not time or desire to do anything else."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Torre, Joe. Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series. New York: Bantam Books, 1997.

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