Million Dollar Arm
J.B. Bernstein, 2014
Good opportunity to learn some cultural differences between India and the U.S. while reading a sports book. India is crazy.
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the book is decent. The author, a sports agent, isn’t particularly likeable, but seems to be good at what he does. An underlying theme is the author’s growth as a human being as he goes from helping rich athletes become richer to actually trying to change peoples’ lives and as he goes from pick-up artist to family man. He starts a reality-show-like contest in India to identify athletes who may have the ability to throw a major-league fastball. Long story short: there aren’t many options in crazy India and getting the few options that are there to work out is a ton of work—both physically and culturally.