|BASEBALL KARMA: HOT SPORTS PHILOSOPHY FOR CHURCH OF BASEBALL ACOLYTES
From Phillies Alumna Ronnie Norpel, Baseball Karma and The Constitution Blues is a roman a clef, a story of faith, doubt, sex, hope and a superstitious curse on her hometown team. The backdrop is Our American Pastime, the issue is Choice.
Irish-Catholic girl Mary Katharine aka Mick Carmichael goes to work for her hometown ball club, the Constitution Blues, gets involved with a rookie, makes a tough call, and then quits in the midst of personal turmoil when it seems a curse befalls the team. The Blues fortunes only grow worse, though, and Mick decides she must tell the owner the truth...to change the luck.
With the persistent misbehavior of professional sports figures, the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church, and recent attacks on the Constitution and women's rights, the time is ripe for this story, for it sits at the crossroads of these hot-button societal issues. Quotes of statesmen and those of letters and lyrics are sprinkled throughout the text to add historical color and contemplation to the play-by-play.
Baseball Karma and The Constitution Blues is grounded in authenticity. Ronnie Norpel worked for the Phillies for seven seasons, sold group and season tickets, at other times started their Fan Accommodations office and wore the team jersey as a ballgirl, playing behind Schmitty and Pete, those two entwined in Major League Rule 21, the twisty curse-causing broken rule of the book.
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