Two Hot Dogs with Everything
by Paul Haven
This one is for all the obsessed baseball fans out there. You know who you are. You know every
statistic on every player in the history of your favorite team. You watch every game, whether
they're winning or losing. And you indulge in rituals and superstitious behavior - anything to help
your team along. The Sluggers, losingest team in the major leagues, have such a fan in Danny Gurkin.
He avoids stepping on sidewalk cracks, eats two fully-loaded hot dogs before every game, and
strategically uses clothes, body language, and the activities of his family to give the Sluggers
every chance he can. Even so, they haven't had a shot at the league pennant since the team's
founding manager, bubblegum magnate Manchester Boddlebrooks, choked to death on a ballpark pretzel
108 years ago.
Danny is convinced he can make a difference. And somehow, he finally does, after visiting the
condemned Boddlebrooks mansion (with its baseball-bat-shaped towers) and stealing a handful of
pieces of a new flavor of gum Boddlebrooks was working on when he died. Now, simply by chewing this
disgusting, century-old gum, Danny's obsession becomes the magic the Sluggers need. His dedication
to the team makes him first a local celebrity, then a team mascot...but it costs him his friends.
Meanwhile, the owner of the Texas Tornadoes has started to sweat. He realizes that Danny Gurkin is
the reason the Sluggers can't lose. And he intends to use all of his considerable power and money to
neutralize this threat.
If you liked The Boy Who Saved Baseball, consider reading this book. It's like a whimsical "Thinking
of You" card to young baseball nuts everywhere. It injects a loopy kind of magic into the world of
sports, the magic that lives in the hopes and dreams of kids like Danny Gurkin.
Recommended Age: 10+
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