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Welcome to the Circus of Baseball by Ryan McGee
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Apr 04, 2023 | ISBN 9780385548403

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“Every once in a while, every baseball fan should go to a minor league game to be reminded of why they love the game. And if you can’t get there, or don’t want to risk spilling nachos on your lap, Welcome to the Circus of Baseball is the next best thing. Ryan McGee has crafted a sweet and funny book that reminds us it’s not just the game itself that draws us. It’s also the people.”
—Tom Verducci, MLB Network, Fox & Sports Illustrated, and New York Times bestselling author of The Yankee Years

“Ryan has captured the absurd and whimsical nature of one of the most classic forms of entertainment we still have around. Asheville, North Carolina—real life home to the Minor League Tourists, and fictional home of Major League’s Crash Davis—is a perfect example of a place where it feels like time stops once the first pitch is thrown. I’ve taken pretty much every partner I’ve ever loved to see a game at McCormick Field to experience it, and now I might just recommend this book instead and save myself some money.”
Clinton Yates, ESPN host and columnist

“Ryan McGee’s prose makes me yearn for the sights, sounds, and smells of a bygone era. Fortunately, this fast-paced, funny and deeply moving journey to the soul of baseball brings it all back to life.”
—Andy Martino, SNY Network analyst and senior writer, and author of Cheated

“You’re 21 years old, have just graduated from the University of Tennessee. You put on your first version of grown-up clothes – a blue blazer, Dockers khakis, shirt and tie, sensible shoes – and wrangle a $100-per-week intern job in minor-league baseball. And away you go. We’re watching you, Ryan McGee. What a bunch of fun. This book is a well-written joy, a romp through a grass-roots summer of snow cones and sunshine at the old ballpark. Except, of course, when the tarp is on the field. Terrific.”
Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of The Big Bam, Ted Williams, and Tall Men, Short Shorts

“If you fell in love with baseball at some point when you were growing up, you will love this journey back to the scene of your first love. Ryan McGee clearly loves minor league baseball. He’s pulled the tarp, tapped the kegs and cleaned up after promotions that went awry. With Welcome to the Circus of Baseball, he’ll help you understand why sometimes the best spot in the world is a small ballpark on a weekday night with your summer family.”
—J.J. Cooper, Editor-in-Chief, Baseball America

“Ryan McGee has done it again – a grand-slam home run. A book that will take everyone back to a time of innocence. It tugs at the heart, makes you laugh and cry all in the same sentence. This is simply a must-read book for all ages.’’
Paul Finebaum, ESPN analyst, radio host, and author

“…Readers will be charmed by the gallery of owners, players, coaches, groundskeepers, concessionaires, (fighting!) mascots, fellow interns, and fans McGee paints with such vivid colors in this account of one small, all-hands-on-deck, minor-league club back in the beforetime.”
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