ONE LAST STRIKE
Why do we follow sport, in this cynical, modern age of super-rich teams who predictably lead from start to finish on their way to another inevitable title? Because we all know, deep down, things don’t always go to script; the tiniest chance of the unpredictable playing out is what keeps most of us hooked. And so it was seven seasons ago, when the St Louis Cardinals, nearing the end of an ordinary Major League Baseball season, dared to dream, despite the fact they were still ten wins behind the likely post-season qualifying teams with only 30 matches left to play.
In One Last Strike, one of baseball’s all-time great managers, Tony La Russa, takes the reader behind the curtain a year after one of sport’s most amazing fightbacks. How thrilling did it all get, and why was a book produced about this particular fairy-tale finish? Well, spoiler alert: the Cards left it till the last game of the regular season to secure their play-off spot. Somehow they ended up going all the way to the World Series, which they won ... after being down to their last strike ... twice. Sometimes the story writes itself.