Book: Running Out The Hurt by Robert Joe Stout
categories: Book, Mexico, Sports Adventure, Fathers and Sons, Life in Mexico, Baseball Fans, Mexican Fiestas, Machos and Gringas, Baseball Harems, The Real Mexico, Strikeouts and Kisses, Baseball
Robert Joe Stout about this book: Baseball the way it should be played is theater, energy and fan participation, a lifestyle replete with exalted expectations, heart-rending disappointments, insults, hugs, lies and beer. It is community, caring and a hell of a lot of fun. As a fan and long-time participant in fast-pitch softball I wanted to write a novel that epitomized the freedom and flair of participation, both for players and fans. Running Out the Hurt originated from a prize-winning poetry chapbook about the players on a Mexican semi-pro baseball team. Amplified into a novel with the inclusion of teenaged phenom who'd been playing professionally under his older brother's name, the perennially losing Zancudos rally behind the young runaway, winning games, fans and fistfights to contend for the country's semi-pro championship.
Although baseball is the thread that binds the characters in Running Out the Hurt together the novel focuses on personal relationships. It is an intimate portrayal of Mexican life that includes fiestas, fights, militant fans, marital re-accommodations and 300-pound harem dancers as well as strikeouts, homeruns and K-Y gel. The title invokes my highschool coaches' cure for any and all football injuries and in the novel is a metaphor for both physical and emotional hurts that the novel's characters painfully—and often humorously—strive to resolve. That many of the principal participants are women and teenagers helps make it an entertaining and satisfying read for men and women of all ages.
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