Can't Find a Dry Ball
by Garret Mathews
- NETTIE STEELE: A pitcher in
his early 20s who lacks confidence. Anticipating his season will not be
a success, he takes notes for a book about his baseball summer.
- BECKA: The team’s trainer in
her early 20s who is the lone female in a sea of guys who don’t always
- JEREMY: The deeply religious
shortstop in his early 20s who walks down the third-base line during an
at-bat and asks the manager if he’s ready for the Rapture.
- MARK THOMAS: The hard-charging
right-fielder in his early 20s who plays like a member of Special
Forces. All the Otters have the dream of being signed by an affiliated
team, but with Thomas it’s more of an obsession.
- RADIO REPORTER: The
seen-it-all media guy in his 30s who initially treats the players with
contempt, but gradually grows to respect them.
- PINK PANSY: The right-fielder
in his early 20s who, at first, doesn’t take baseball seriously. He
pretends to be a flaming homosexual who would rather moonlight as a
- DAN SHAW: Recorded voice of
the Team Manager.
Mathews also penned
Can't Find a Dry Ball: The Evansville Otters on the
Lowest Rung of Baseball (Albion Books) -
Mathews spent the entire season with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier
League. His book is full of humor and pathos as he chronicles the dreams and
hopes and frustrations of the players and coaches who are at the end of
their major league dreams. Garret’s observations take the reader from the
dugout to the bullpen and off the field, too, for a remarkable chronicle of
life in the minors. It’s Bull Durham come to life, with real players and
Garret Mathews writes the Metro column for the Evansville, Indiana Courier &
Press. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including First Place -
National Society of Newspaper Columnists, 1999 and Scripps-Howard Columnist
of the Year, 1999. His previous books include Baseball Days; Swing Batta;
They Came To Play; and Past Deadlines, Past Lives.