It was about 12 years ago when I began the tradition of reading a baseball book prior to the opening of another MLB season. (2013 happens to be my 35th season as a PR man in MLB; my 34th with the Cleveland Indians). I believe one of the elements that drew me to baseball – other than the fact my father was a coach and my two older brothers allowed me to play on their teams as a kid growing up on the sandlots of Lakewood – was the six-month journey the game provides. You never know what story is about to unfold during the daily drama that is Indians Baseball.
To get ready, I read a baseball book—either saving one that had come out during the summer or dusting one off the stack that has built up. This season the choice was Calico Joe by John Grisham. A wonderful, easy read that speaks to one of baseball’s most cherished foundations—the connecting of generations. It is a tale about fathers and sons, as well as forgiveness and redemption. Grisham’s Joe Castle is a rookie sensation whose life changes one day on the field of play. In his masterful style, Grisham takes us on a thoughtful journey with the great game of baseball as the backdrop.
For the baseball fan who has a true sense of the history of the Cleveland Indians – I can only share with you that Calico Joe has a connection to one unique piece of our favorite team’s rich history. As an exciting campaign of Indians Baseball is upon us, you will not be disappointed if Calico Joe is your first pitch of the season.