I Don't Care If We Never Get Back: 30 Games in 30 Days on the Best Worst Baseball Road Trip Ever (Hardcover)
Ben, a sports analytics wizard, loves baseball. Eric, his best friend, hates it. But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip, an impossible dream of every pitch of 30 games in 30 stadiums in 30 days, who will he call on to take shifts behind the wheel, especially when those shifts will include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City? Eric, of course. Will Eric regret it? You might ask, Are Dodger Dogs the same thing as Fenway Franks? As Ben and Eric can now attest, most definitely. On June 1, 2013, Ben and Eric set out to see America through the bleachers and concession stands of America's favorite pastime. Along the way, human error and Mother Nature throw their mathematically optimized schedule a few curveballs. A mix-up in Denver turns a planned day off in Las Vegas into a twenty-hour drive. And a summer storm of biblical proportions threatens to make the whole thing logistically impossible, and that's if they don't kill each other first. Charming, insightful, and hilarious, I Don't Care If We Never Get Back is a book about the love of the game, the limits of fandom, and the limitlessness of friendship.
About the Author
Ben Blatt is a staff writer at Slate and a recent Harvard graduate whose sports analytics studies have been picked up by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Deadspin, and others. Eric Brewster, a recent Harvard graduate, was the president of the Harvard Lampoon. He is one of the writers of The Wobbit: A Parody and the New York Times bestselling The Hunger Pains: A Parody.
Advance Praise for I Don't Care if We Never Get Back
If Catfish Hunter and Hunter Thompson mated, their grandkids would be Ben and Eric, whose gonzo baseball road trip glows with humor, insight and the Service Engine light of their Toyota RAV4.”—Steve Rushin, author of The 34-Ton Bat
"This is a wonderfully crazy, wonderfully stupid idea. I'm glad someonesomeone other than medid it. The result is hilarious and amazing."Steve Hely, author of How I Became a Famous Novelist and The Ridiculous Race
The road-trip memoir has become so tired that there’s almost no premise good enough to resurrect it from endless cliché, and a frenetic race to an arbitrary goal didn’t seem promising. But that wasn’t accounting for two things: Moneyball-worthy mathematical algorithms and the sharp, hilarious prose that has made Lampoon alums famous for generations. . . . Nate Silver numbers and James Thurber wit turn what should be a harebrained adventure into a pretty damn endearing one.”Kirkus Reviews