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The Final Season

I started Tom Stanton’s “The Final Season” this weekend and all I can say is “wow.” I know it’s a little dated, but I have a habit of picking up books and at times they sit. In fact I’m sure I have books on my shelf that I picked up ten years ago that I have yet to read. My approach is pretty random, but I’m really glad I picked up this book.

And while I’d like to avoid cliches, the only way to describe it is to say the book has heart. Tons of it. Stanton lays it all out there as he talks about a magical season (1999, the final season the Tigers played at Tiger Stadium) with his sons and father and he mixes in a little Detroit history along with a look at his grandparents. This is a must read for Tiger fans.

Stanton also has a new book out, “The Detroit Tigers Reader.” This is another book I’m going to be sure to pick up.

“The Final Season”, “The Last Season”… Details, schmetails… The sentiment is still the same.

Posted by jeff k on December 5th, 2005 at 9:57 am

I read The Final Season right around the time Jeff did. I thought I was the only one who read books like that at seemingly inappropriate times. Inappropriate in the sense that I had already said my tearful goodbyes.

I found the book to be pretty sappy, but I still loved it. I don’t know if I only liked it because I am a huge fan of the old Stadium and of the Tigers in general. I’m not sure how I’d respond to a similar book about, say, Forbes Field or, god help me, old Comiskey Park. I’d like to think that the experience of saying goodbye to a place like that is universal, but I’m sure my personal connection with the team made the book a heck of a lot sweeter. A nice read. I’m not ashamed to say that I wept. That last game was rough.

Posted by Dan on December 5th, 2005 at 3:22 pm

The phrase was overused at the time of Tiger Stadium’s closing, but, let’s face it, under the right circumstances, there *is* crying in baseball.

Man, the sight of The Bird (who pitched in the first big-league game I ever attended in one of his many comeback attempts in 1980) coming out there to the mound and scooping up dirt with a spoon, putting it in a little baggie and stuffing it in his back pocket… I was a goner after that.

Posted by jeff k on December 5th, 2005 at 5:27 pm

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