- Title: Abner's Curse:: A Diary of Essays from a Baseball Itinerant
- Author: Tommy Szarka
- Released: 2007-04-09
- Pages: 173
- ISBN: 1424169844
- ISBN13: 978-1424169849
- ASIN: 1424169844
From the Back Cover "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." - Rogers Hornsby
In the days before travel was simple, directions were more than a mouse-click away and depression ran rampant, Hornsby might have spoken for every baseball fan with his famous quote. However, the statement is certainly no longer the case.
When the final pitch is thrown and a victor is crowned in the World Series each year, that's the time to get to work and plan for next year because another season is coming. That season may be months away, but why sit passively while 180 professional teams are eagerly preparing for the following campaign? One-hundred eighty schedules to log and configure, thousands of players to analyze and millions of possibilities to uncover does not make for a dull off-season.
Following each baseball season, the author begins preparation for his next baseball jaunt and this season he decided to share the majesty of not only the game and its players, but its accompanying sights, sounds, fans (some crude, some refined), ballparks, promotions and the surrounding world. Infusing baseball with incidents from the author's past, pop culture, humor and social commentary, Abner's Curse allows readers to live vicariously through a nomadic baseball fan and his travels with the hope that they, too, will someday take to the road and discover that engaging professional baseball is played not only in major league stadiums, but in beautiful ballparks just around the corner.pdf