Running Out The Hurt PDF
by Robert Joe Stout
As he jogs along a beach in the coastal city of San Arturo, Mexico Cipriano Gómez notices a young vagabond leap across a jetty and he senses, immediately, “Now there’s a real athlete.” The young man, Alejandro López, denies that he plays baseball but accepts the temporary work that Cipriano offers him.
Alejandro is the novel’s unifying character and the protagonist of the between chapter breaks. The reader experiences the Mexican ambiente, “baseball the way it should be played!” and Alejandro’s transformation from a shy and irresolute teenager through the eyes of the Zancudo’s nine principal baseball team members. Along the way the reader meets wives and lovers, rambunctious opponents, a harem of hefty hula-dancing aficionados, American tourists and professional baseball scouts.
As the Zancudos continue to win enough games to keep them eligible for the league playoffs, Alejandro’s teammates and the team’s sponsor manipulate his legality as an immigrant and his eligibility as a performer. The youngster has aroused the interest of Major League scouts, some of whom suspect that he is the “Jaime López” who deserted the Yucatán Leones. Whether he can remain with the team as the Zancudos go into the playoffs becomes a controversial issue. His decision and the responses of his teammates provide a dramatic climax to an entertaining and vivid look at baseball, at Mexico, and at how human relationships struggle and prosper.
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