Baseballissimo

Baseballissimo In the spring of Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno Italy with his wife Janet and their two small children in search of his favourite summer game baseball Nettuno was his destination because

  • Title: Baseballissimo
  • Author: Dave Bidini
  • ISBN: 9780771014628
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, Italy, with his wife, Janet, and their two small children, in search of his favourite summer game, baseball Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game was introduced by the American GIs who liberated the region Bidini wanted to spendIn the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, Italy, with his wife, Janet, and their two small children, in search of his favourite summer game, baseball Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game was introduced by the American GIs who liberated the region Bidini wanted to spend time in a town where everyone is as nuts about the game as he is, and in Nettuno, they love the game so much that they hand out baseball gloves and bats to children taking their first communion.For six months Bidini followed the fortunes of the Serie B Peones, Nettunese to the core At the same time he was also learning about his own heritage, having spent his youth vigorously ignoring his Italianness The result of his summer in Italy is vintage Bidini a funny, perceptive, and engrossing book that takes readers far beyond the professional sport to the game that people around the world love to play.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I purchased this book from the local bookstore after browsing around. The store was trying to rid of this final copy of the book and there fore I bought it for only $2. I love baseball and have read many baseball books but nonetheless I wasn't expecting much considering it was placed in the clearout bin.After reading this book I was very suprised by how much I liked it. There were many flaws like grammar, juvenile writing habits and jumping around the story too often but I still enjoyed the simp [...]

    2. So it was an engaging, endearing book. Bidini is a talented writer and, clearly, psssionate about baseball. I could appreciate that, even though I'm not a sports fan myself. Being Italian, I also loved the window into Italian culture - it was amusing and heart-warming at the same time. Anyone with any Italian in them will recognize a lot of the context of this book. However. The structure left a lot to be desired. I think Bidini wanted to capture the events as he experienced them, which is a nob [...]

    3. I very much enjoyed this book. Dave Bidini is the ultimate in finding sports in odd ball places. His nomadic existence must be owed to his career as a musician. This book explores a league and a baseball culture not normally explored. Italian baseball does not seem like something that goes together. But the tale woven in this book, makes baseball seem as Italian as pasta. I would highly recommend this book to any baseball fan.

    4. Mining the backwaters of pro sports is as stale as old toast; Bidini's ethno-cultural self-analysis, however, surprises with insight into the conflicted identities of millions of first- and second-generation North Americans, particularly those that grew up in the midst of Canada's transition from anglo hinterland to multi-cultural nation

    5. Just a wonderful read. Lyrical, humorous writing. A delightful travelogue and personal journey at the same time.

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