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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 seeing 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 include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City? Eric, of course. Will Eric regret it? 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, if they don’t kill each other first. I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back is a charming, insightful, and hilarious book about the limits of fandom and the limitlessness of friendship.

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“A fun ride that evokes the spirit of sports stunt journalist George Plimpton and the dazed road-trip fever of Hunter S. Thompson, minus the mind altering substances. . . . It’s great watching Blatt and Brewster race home.” —Boston Globe

“A cross between The Cannonball Run and The Great Race, with portions of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World thrown in for good measure. . . . The road trip—and narrative—zigzags across the country, with the authors (helped by three other drivers at times) driving 22,000 miles in 716 hours. They watched 8,913 pitches and completed their quest with a few hours to spare. . . . The dynamic and back-and-forth tension and sarcasm between Blatt and Brewster is funny. . . . Worth reading.” —Tampa Tribune

“An ambitious attempt to see every pitch of 30 games in 30 stadiums in 30 days . . . [Blatt and Brewster] humorously encounter more problems than just Brewster’s disdain for baseball.” —Chicago Tribune

“An oblique view of baseball full of hijinks, havoc, and humor, this is fandom to the extreme.” —Daily Beast

“Consistently engaging. . . . [A] fast-moving and hysterical road trip book . . . written in a style that will fondly recall the gonzo fiction of Hunter S. Thompson, as well as the great Jack Kerouac. . . . If you love baseball, you will thoroughly relish I Don’t Care if We Never Get Back and most likely will finish it in one sitting. But even if you are not a fan, you still will be able to sink your teeth into the non-stop witty banter that hits a bullseye in its description of life in America and the ever-present baseball obsession. . . . This is a unique saga that will please everyone who jumps in the backseat to ride along.” —Bookreporter

“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

“An honest and hilarious look at what it’s really like to drive across America for baseball, I Don''t Care if We Never Get Back is a highlight reel of triumphs and mishaps.” —Zack Hample, author of Watching Baseball Smarter

“This is a wonderfully crazy, wonderfully stupid idea. I''m glad someone—someone other than me—did 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

“[A] fun road trip/ballpark adventure with pranks, missed exits, a misadventure with a scalper, and a sellout on the worst possible day. . . . Blatt and Brewster have definitely scored.” —Publishers Weekly

“Reads like a mix of Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson, Neil Simon and National Lampoon. You’ll laugh the whole way through.” —Jersey Journal

About the Author

Ben Blatt is a staff writer at Slate. A Harvard graduate, his 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 and the New York Times bestselling The Hunger Pains: A Parody.

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John J. Franco
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Not perfect, but perfectly awesome!
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. What makes a book really worth 5 stars? I try to be judicious with my 5s. In the case of this book, I couldn''t put it down, I enjoyed every minute and found myself really engrossed in the story. Sure, this book is not without flaws.... See more
I really enjoyed this book. What makes a book really worth 5 stars? I try to be judicious with my 5s. In the case of this book, I couldn''t put it down, I enjoyed every minute and found myself really engrossed in the story.

Sure, this book is not without flaws. But in spite of them, I enjoyed it so much that I think it''s a 5 anyway.

The book follows Ben and his friend Eric as they attempt to visit 30 ballparks in 30 days, driving around the country on a crazy road trip that follows an program Ben created to plan just such a trip. When he wrote the program, he never expected to use it himself, but after graduation he and Eric decided to make the trip after all.

Driving 4,000 miles and attending 5 baseball games in 5 days might not sound great to you, but it''s one of the things Ben and Eric (and some of their friends) do in this story. In total, they drove more than 22,000 miles across the country and back again. The tension builds as they try to stick to their self-assigned goal of not only seeing 30 games in 30 days, but seeing every pitch of all 30 games.

Now to the flaws. I wish it was longer. I wish there was more travelogue, but as Ben admits, they drove past a lot of scenery in the middle of the night, and they didn''t have time for stops, so there wasn''t much to see and do. I wish they didn''t jump between third person (Ben and Eric did this) and first person (I/We did this) in the same paragraph!!! That one drove me nuts.

If you love baseball and traveling, you''ll love this book. It might even inspire you to try it yourself. If you''re not OK with the occasional editing mistake, you might not love it, but you''ll probably still enjoy it.
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John M. Lyons
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A extra base hit for sure but not a home run! Could have been better
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
As other reviewers mentioned, there are few spots where you lose what person it is written in. The stories were great, but I think there were others that they didn''t tell. A neat story about two college friends on their last trip before joining the rat race. We all could be... See more
As other reviewers mentioned, there are few spots where you lose what person it is written in. The stories were great, but I think there were others that they didn''t tell. A neat story about two college friends on their last trip before joining the rat race. We all could be so lucky.
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joshua chandler
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A great book about a great adventure.
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
I have read this book a couple times now and still want to read more about their adventures. It''s got a good flow and some of the hijinks that happen along the way are the best parts of the book. Having done the 30 ball parks i know how bad the trips and a... See more
I have read this book a couple times now and still want to read more about their adventures. It''s got a good flow and some of the hijinks that happen along the way are the best parts of the book.

Having done the 30 ball parks i know how bad the trips and a traveling companion can become and I couldn''t imagine found it 30 days straight with out killing one another.

It''s funny and fun. It''s all about the journey and less about the ball parks in this book. Just because baseball.
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Sydney R. Polk
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These guys are nuts
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2018
I did a baseball tour in 1994. There were 28 teams then. One of the stadia (the Kingdome) developed structural problems before I got there, and I saw games in the two Bay Area venues before I left. So I saw 25 stadia in 74 days. I was by myself for all of the driving.... See more
I did a baseball tour in 1994. There were 28 teams then. One of the stadia (the Kingdome) developed structural problems before I got there, and I saw games in the two Bay Area venues before I left. So I saw 25 stadia in 74 days. I was by myself for all of the driving.

Doing the trip as fast as possible where a stray restroom stop could throw you off: nuts.

The book is highly entertaining; I laughed a lot. There were many descriptions of some of the physical and psychological problems of long road trips that rang very true. It’s a tough thing to do, even with two full-time drivers and several helpers.

Of course, the book is actually about a good friendship tested and made better through a tough journey.

Heartily recommended.
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Danny Hong
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Refreshing for those who love baseball and travel
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2014
I enjoyed the book a good bit, as I''m a fan of both baseball parks and traveling for baseball parks, therefore the book hit home at a very familiar level. I haven''t hit all 30, but I''m close, so it was a curious thing to read about two very different-personalitied guys''... See more
I enjoyed the book a good bit, as I''m a fan of both baseball parks and traveling for baseball parks, therefore the book hit home at a very familiar level. I haven''t hit all 30, but I''m close, so it was a curious thing to read about two very different-personalitied guys'' takes on places that I''ve been to myself.

If I have any objection with the book at all, it''s that it''s very confusing in regards to narration perspective. Sometimes the book speaks as if it''s one of the co-author''s thoughts as indicative of "we felt," "I cringed," and so forth, but then without any notice it goes into third-party narration of describing what "Ben and Eric rushed to the Citi Field gates." It didn''t deter my overall enjoyment of the book as a whole, but it was pretty glaring noticeable throughout the entire read.

Overall, it''s an awesome story, and I found it to be somewhat renewing to my own travel aspirations and some of my feelings of what baseball really is, aside from a nightly summer activity. We as people often use baseball as metaphors in life, and this book is chock full of some refreshing positive analogies to reflect upon.
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John Arfwedson
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each pair of whom would''ve found a happy home in this wildly entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2014
Felix and Oscar. Laurel and Hardy. Vladimir and Estragon. Sancho and The Don. Odd Couples all, each pair of whom would''ve found a happy home in this wildly entertaining, richly exhausting (for them, not us), quite hilarious wreck of a trip of two buddies... See more
Felix and Oscar. Laurel and Hardy. Vladimir and Estragon. Sancho and The Don.

Odd Couples all, each pair of whom would''ve found a happy home in this wildly entertaining, richly exhausting (for them, not us), quite hilarious wreck of a trip of two buddies criss-crossing America endlessly to see 30 major league baseball games in 30 days. It''s an impossible dream-quest, full of the absurd answers life gives us when we ask it, just this once, to please please please let things work out the way they''re supposed to.

Ben and Eric, college pals, are lovable and infuriating co-conspirator/combatants who start out aiming for baseball heaven (they think) and end up making all too many detours to the gates of hell (they discover). Repeatedly. Of course, everything goes wrong - and when I say wrong I mean cosmically, absurdly, heroically, completely wrong. That''s what''s fun about it.

Humor that hits you like a 21st century edition of Murderers'' Row along with cascades of quirkily wacky details give the book its special qualities. One reads on, from one baseball stadium to the next, amazed at the demonically askew pictures of America and Americans that flash past the boys'' (soon to be ticketed) hell-bent-for-leather car.

Some examples to whet your appetite: how the mathematical concept of Day Zero saves everything; what "The Star-Spangled Banner" really means; the Atlanta foam finger incident; the blind date; a hammer-and-tongs debate on how "ever" and "never" might mean the exact same thing; the world''s smallest bear carved with a chainsaw; the announcer prank; the delirious suspense of whether or not you can actually drive from Houston to Chicago in 17 hours without falling asleep at the wheel and crashing in the desert; running the bases in Williamsport; paying $160 for $14 tickets.

Do yourself a favor and read the book. It will remind you of what it was like to be young once, when you did crazy things with utter and complete seriousness - because that''s when life really makes sense.
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Another old lady in Seattle
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What a way to go!
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2019
I enjoyed the book enormously. Totally believable; thanks, guys!
It''s been a while --20 years?-- since I read a 30-ballpark road trip book.
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rick sutton
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Fun book
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2019
A great story of friends with different ideas but the same determination to finish an unbelievable trip
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Hal Stewart
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good, fun, baseball-fueled read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2018
Fun book, good to dip in and dip out of. Baseball fans will like it but there isn''t quite enough detail on each game to really grab the hardcore MLB fan. It''s a wonderful read for anyone who has ever wanted to travel across the States though. Likeable guys and something I''d...See more
Fun book, good to dip in and dip out of. Baseball fans will like it but there isn''t quite enough detail on each game to really grab the hardcore MLB fan. It''s a wonderful read for anyone who has ever wanted to travel across the States though. Likeable guys and something I''d probably read more than once.
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Rik Southworth
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Brilliant toilet read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2019
Purchased the book to break up my constant cycle of reading university books as well as a desire to take a trip just like it. Sarcastic and funny throughout its made me want to drag a baseball hating friend on the same trip ASAP.
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Dont believe the title
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 19, 2021
They say it is a fun journey watching Americas Game. It isn''t!!!!
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Carl Gent
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The best Baseball Book I have ever read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2019
Just simply the best fan based baseball book I have ever read.
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L. Philippe Cousineau
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Turns a strange premise into a lot of fun. the fact that one of the two writers ...
Reviewed in Canada on March 23, 2017
Turns a strange premise into a lot of fun. the fact that one of the two writers is not a baseball fan is a nice twist, as he injects a dose of necessary cynicism in the account. The fact that the trip is nearly impossible and barely affords the two authors any time to rest...See more
Turns a strange premise into a lot of fun. the fact that one of the two writers is not a baseball fan is a nice twist, as he injects a dose of necessary cynicism in the account. The fact that the trip is nearly impossible and barely affords the two authors any time to rest by the time they are driving the last miles makes it fun. If it was a sane drive that anyone could attempt with only a little free time, it would not be half as much interesting. The book finds its strength in the fine balance between awesome and awful of this particular American-defining experience the two have attempted.
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