Recently I was sent a copy of the book Wrigleyworld by Kevin Kaduk to review for the site. The basic premise of the book is that Kaduk, a writer for the Kansas City Star, decides to quit his job and move to Chicago to live without a job for the entire baseball season. His goal is to watch as many games as possible and soak in the feel of Wrigleyville. At first, I was a little skeptical because of the season that he chose to spend watching the Cubs. I did not know what it would be like to read about a horrible year in Wrigley in which the Cubs totally bombed out. I decided to give it a try and I am glad I did. I don’t write enough book reviews to have a regular style, so I’ve decided to try something a little different. I’d like to give you three reasons to read this book.
1. It’s fun to relive a Cubs season – What better way to get your mind off the current batch of losing than to read about a different year of ineptitude by our lovable losers. Kaduk takes the reader from opening day 2005 straight through the home season by telling it through his eyes. Those eyes are not always at the park, but at times are frequenting bars, outside with the ballhawks, and crashing rooftop parties. Because of that, the book allows the reader to see the nontraditional side of what goes on at Wrigley during the year. While you get those experiences, you are also taken through the various events going on with the team, such as the enormous season by Derrek Lee, the booing of Latroy, the Red Sox come to Wrigley, etc. Sometimes we forget about those events from year to year and this book gives you a chance to relive them.
2. It’s not a happy ending – One of the things that I am always getting annoyed with in movies and books is how everyone feels like a happy ending is the way to go. Granted, the author had no way of knowing how this year would go, but it’s nice to know that it doesn’t end like a fairy tale. I think this adds realism to the see Kaduk’s view as he has to endure giving up his job for what turns out to be a terrible season.
3. It’s not your typical baseball book – Because it’s written by a member of the younger generation instead of a 80 year old writer reliving the Cub glory days, the book reads as more of a journal from a college experience. Kaduk is constantly talking about bars, babes, and even a little baseball. Throw in some humor, and even some funny experiences with the rooftops and you’ve got a very entertaining read.
Star Rating out of 5