The Dad Report; Fathers, Sons and Baseball Families by Kevin Cook; 2015; $26.95; 272 pages; W.W. Norton and Company, New York, NY; 978-0-393-24600-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 7/10/15-7/15/15
Kevin Cook’s father was a minor league pitcher, who retained some of his baseball capability even after he retired from the game. Although I think no ever really retires from the game they are usually involved in some way even if it is just checking the standings each day. Kevin’s thoughts on his and his dad’s relationship moved him to interview families who were all involved in the major leagues, including the Boone family and Dan Haren and his father. There were several other families but I can’t remember them. If is an interesting look at how it is when you follow directly or almost directly in someone’s footsteps. How do seek advice, do you seek advice, do you follow that advice and more.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, it like many of my favorite movies is not really about baseball but about father and son relationships and how those are strained by societal norms that were imposed by the culture we were raised. I would think that the macho atmosphere of athletics would be very similar to the warrior mythology that I was raised in.
What is with the title of the review? Much like Kevin Cook and his father don’t speak much of emotional issues, but talk about baseball to convey their love for one another, my Dad and I talk about books. I just realized that with one of my sons we talk about movies and the other we talk about music.