The Mighty Roman Is A Funny, Fast Paced, Thought Provoking Novel About Baseball And The Modern American Man A Contemporary Mutiny On The Bounty With Baseball Bats And Pranks The Story Centers On The Relationship Between Old School Minor League Manager Roman Meister, A Macho Behemoth Appalled By The Changes In His Country, And The Team Captain, An Elfin Free Spirit Who Flows Easily Among His Multicultural Teammates And Takes On Roman When Push Comes To Shove Is Roman Mighty Was Gatsby Great I won this book through the first reads giveaways This book waslike 3.5 stars for me It s a great baseball yarn that includes a little love, father son relationships and hot button political issues including gay rights and illegal immigration I really liked all the stuff that wasn t really about baseball I loved the narrator Matt Marola and his roommate, Rex Hirsch I liked the relationships among the players I thought Sindell did a good job of dealing with political issues But, I have to admit, I don t know a lot about baseball and I got a little glassy eyed when it got heavy on the baseball talk That was the only thing that kept it from being a 4 star rating. Jon Sindell s The Mighty Roman is a great baseball yarn It tells the story of a young man s pursuit of the all American dream of putting your foot on the lowest rung of the professional baseball ladder and trying to find a way to ascend that magical stairway to The Show And it lovingly tells the bitter sweet story of what it feels like to slowly wake up from that dream as the reality of the odds stacked against you becomes clear There is plenty of baseball action packed into this lyrical ode to our national pastime, and any lover of the game will be enthralled with the insider s view of both the individual competition and the intricate machinations of minor league baseball.But like many great works of fiction, this tale works onthan one level It also illustrates the cultural divide that has polarized our country as our hero takes us on a humorous and personal journey of discovery What our hero discovers is his relationship to his coach, The Mighty Roman, who is an intriguing mixture of Captain Ahab and Archie Bunker, who is not so much a villain as he is a metaphor The conflict between this hard nosed manager and his multi cultural ball club personalizes the story of the ethnic and generational conflicts going on beneath the surface of our every day lives as 21st century Americans It s a really enjoyable read, whichever level you care to focus on. I really enjoyed reading this book The language of the book was the best part for me, it was often like poetry I have to admit that I did not like the main character, Roman, he is evil and at times made me want to throw the book at something However, the other characters are so likable and the prose was so good to read that I kept going past the evil deeds of this character I am a lover of baseball so that part of the book was great for me The depictions of how the lowest rung of pro baseball works reminded me of my childhood going to Tucson Toros games in the 1970s when they were a farm team for the Cleveland Indians There was an innocence about baseball at that level that is gone by the time they get to the majors This faith that one day each player will get to the big show is clearly demonstrated in the book, along with the reality that most of these players will not ever get to the major league team As I usually read historical romance and classic English literature this was a stretch outside of my comfort zone, but I really liked it and am glad I read it I hope to readfrom this author as I really liked the way he used the language. This book is so muchthan baseball It is the collection of people dealing with cultural issues of sexual preference and illegal immigration It definitely appeals to those coming of age At times the book is poetic and beautiful, and frustrating all at the same time in a good wayI hope this book gets the coverage it deserves I am thankful I won the goodreads giveaway and got to read and review this book. A very fun read Great character development and really just an enjoyable page turner Very engaging and believable characters and a glimpse into the best and the worst that make up sports It was as if Holden Caulfield was speaking through the narrarator and he himself played minor league baseball I d recommend this book to anyone that enjoys sports, even if baseball isn t your favorite sport it makes you want to go to the ballpark and watch the guys who are there for the love of the game. This book was a pleasure to read, and you don t need to be a baseball expert to enjoy the interplay between characters It has the added attraction of presenting the good vibes, in a realistic, non saccharine form, that are created from being on a team the bonds that are created Jon also has a great sense of humor, adding to the enjoyment highly recommended. I received this as a first reads and I absolutely loved it It s a must read. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads This is a fun, fast, funny read with some great laugh out loud sections I m not a huge baseball fan, but I really enjoyed the baseball action I enjoyed this book so muchthan The Art of Fielding and on par with Calico Joe Anyway if you like baseball stories, you re gonna love this one. Let s call it 3 1 2, but I can t round it to 4 The ending didn t really work for me, and much of the book is so overladen with similes that it distracted me from the actual story, which was otherwise pretty solid There are paragraphs where literally every other sentence ends in a simile, and not all of them are so good as to justify that.Roman Meister, the manager, is established through word and deed as a completely overbearing a hole, and just about everyone on the team grows to at least dislike him, if not out and out hate him I actually think Matt, the team s ace pitcher and story s protagonist, should have hated him by the end I could see him wanting to win his favor for a while, as many kids try to do with a teacher or coach, but eventually that moves on to a stage of loathing, which Matt never really arrived at, though he got close at times.In the Cal Heri League, Sindell has created a fairly believable structure for independent minor league baseball though the international flavor of the team is probably a stretch and Roman Meister must be the most deluded person on the planet to think he could garner attention from a major league organization by winning the Cal Heri League The baseball details are generally well done, with realistic accounts of the games and the rivalries, both within the team and against other teams He also did a nice job of creating a cast of different characters, each unique and with their own motivations Rex, the second baseman, was the most interesting one and he seemed to be the only one who didn t crave Roman s admiration, which allowed him to remain true to himself.If you re looking for an unheralded baseball story, this one is worth checking out With a strong edit it could even move up to 4 star territory.