Monday, May 7, 2012

Day One Hundred Twenty-Eight: "Spring Training" by Jennine Capo Crucet

Pressure. Comparisons.

A father attends a baseball practice with his son only to find out that the small kid from the team has turned into the biggest kid on the team in the off season. These are middle school kids subjected to their parents egos and it is fascinating to watch how this story unfolds. There is talk of steroids, the divulging of off season practicing tactics, embarrassing disclosures about high school romances. All of it though works to create a sad look at what it can be like for a kid with parents who go too far.

The writing in this piece was really good and it makes me want to read more by this author.

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