Living in Japan I met a young American man who did an awfully good job of explaining to me the true attraction of baseball. Apparently, that attraction lies in the collecting of the statistics that rule that game. On reading The Baseball Diet Book, I again encountered this theme; a true, undying love of baseball is fostered through mathematics. Scorecards, score books; things may seem a little mechanical and obsessive from the outside. But the book is no dry asperger commitment. Like many of the books on Sol, it hooked me right from the very beginning. The blob asks us to note the storytelling abilities of the writer, that he has an especial aptitude for this is evident from the very first page. The stories are rich and varied, mostly rich. And when I say rich, I mean fulfilling: quirky, three dimensional (a hard thing for many modern writers to accomplish) and bristling with all the humor and moments of real life. A truly memorable read.