Pound That Ol’ Budweiser

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I’ve been re-reading Jim Bouton’s book Ball Four as of late. Picked it up at the Pinellas Park library a few years back, rediscovered it on Kindle Unlimited recently.

The book was revolutionary for its time, as Bouton walks you through the 1969 baseball season while he pitches for the Seattle Pilots, the AAA Vancouver Mounties, then the Houston Astros via a trade. The Pilots lasted only that one season before moving to Milwaukee and becoming the Brewers, while the Astros were still a very young franchise.

I’ve always wanted to write a diary like that with a common endeavor like working, but in today’s era where whistleblowers are discouraged by government, I’d have to assume a similar discouragement exists in the workplaces of America in general.

I know the book is nearly half a century old, but thanks for writing it Jim. One of these days, I gotta get around to writing such an opus.

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