Yes it’s back-to-school time and yes, it’s the final stretch of baseball season, but that’s not why we chose this Book of the Week. This book has that rookie-saves-the-day thing that turns ordinary seasons into epic ones.
We present DUNCAN BYRNES Baseball Hero, The Greatest Sports Moment A Kid Ever Had!, a book that Rick Byrnes lovingly made for his son, Duncan.
This Book of the Week recipe is one part Rocky, one part Parenthood, and a slight dash of The Bad News Bears. We’ve got a Little League baseball team, a supportive dad, and a 10-year-old boy who wins the game. But this brief synopsis does not do the book justice.
Rick, the dad/author, calls his son Dunk. He offers Dunk advice. (If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.) And he uses some pretty damn cute pictures and hilarious commentary to recount the day that Dunk faced a challenge, broke a tie game, and won it for his team. This is heart-thumping Little League drama mixed in with father/son bonding. I’m telling you, this is the feel-good read of the week, even if you’re not a sports junkie. Even if you’ve never even seen a game.
So there you have it. Duncan has a real book to document his big day. I like to think that when he’s 40-something, sometime around the year 2037, he’ll crack it open and feel like a hero all over again.
Rick, you won us over with your book. Duncan, you won us over with your clutch hitting. We think you guys make a pretty nice team. High fives all around.