After nearly 25 years as a prominent voice at NPR, Neal Conan decided to follow a lifelong dream. After covering everything from wars to political conventions, Conan wanted to become, of all things, a baseball announcer. And that's what he did, specifically with the Aberdeen Arsenal, a franchise of the independent Atlantic League. Play by Play is Conan's diary of their 2000 season. We meet the coaches, fans, and, of course, the players. And in this league, most of them are on the way out rather than up, but happy to still be getting paid to play ball. Through the lens of minor league baseball, Conan captures the soul of a game that has been all but obscured by the big business of the majors, and reveals the ways men - himself included - face age, come to terms with their limitations and ambitions, and look for new challenges when they're young phenoms no longer.
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