The Batboy by Mike LupicaFrom the #1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica comes the story of baseballs unsung hero: The Batboy
It is every baseball kid’s dream summer job: batboy for your hometown Major League team. Yet for fourteen year- old Brian, the job means more than just the chance to hang around his idols. Baseball was the job his father loved so much, in the end he couldn’t leave it. Yet he could leave his family. Now Brian sees the job as the way to win back his father. There is no winning back some people, though. Just ask Hank Bishop—once the most popular player in baseball before he was banned for using steroids. Now he is making his comeback. And an unlikely friendship slowly develops between this man in need of a family and this boy in need of a father.
Mike Lupica, king of the sports novel, delivers his most powerful and kid-friendly to date.
“A pennant winner.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Lupica. . .giv[es] his readers a behind-the-scenes look at major league sports. In this novel, he adds genuine insights into family dynamics and the emotional state of his hero.” –Booklist
“[T]his novel will undoubtedly appeal to those who equate summer with baseball, it should also win over readers who appreciate finely crafted storytelling and engaging characters.” –School Library Journal
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Sign up for our newsletters! Even more exciting, his hero, Hank Bishop, is returning to the sport after a game suspension to play for the Tigers. This could be the year Bishop hits his th home run the elusive goal for all hitters that almost guarantees a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Brian will be on the field to see it. But Bishop seems to dislike Brian from the very start. Will Bishop be able to make a comeback after the steroids scandal that nearly ended his career? THE BATBOY deals with one of the most difficult subjects to hit major league baseball in recent years: whether it is possible to redeem a player both suspected of and suspended for steroid use. His true mark of character is his passion for baseball, his willingness to work hard, and his unwavering belief in Hank Bishop, even when Bishop is mean or in a long hitting slump.
The author of The Batboy is Mike Lupica. The genre for The Boy is sports. The Batboy is about how a father and a son have a special relationship for baseball. The boy in the story, Brian Dudley and his father Cole Dudley, who used to pitch in the major leagues always go to Detroit Tiger games and sit in section Cole Dudley was obsessed with baseball, so obsessed that he left his family and moved to Japan to be a pitching coach. For Brian it was rough facing that his own dad left him for baseball. His favorite team was the Detroit Tigers.
Please enter the email address that you use to login to TeenInk. The Tigers accept him and Brian has one of the neatest jobs a kid could have. Hank is not what Brian expects. Brian is a kid who loves baseball and knows almost too much about it. He is a lonely kid who misses having his dad to watch baseball games with him.