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Hack: Innings 1-3

Hack: Innings 1-3

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Published by D.J. Gelner
Roger "Hack" O'Callahan is angry. Even though he's managed four World Series-winning teams over a career spanning more than forty years, he's finally encountered a foe he can't beat: liver cancer.

Armed with a supply of his favorite cheap whiskey ("Old Reliable") and as his sharp tongue zips off callous remarks from his foul mouth, Hack decides to spit in the face of his impending demise by worming his way into managing the AA Hoplite Magpies, a team divided and at odds with each other and the rest of the Northern League. As Hack instills a little "old school" discipline in this rag-tag bunch, he comes to find that his players are keeping secrets of their own, secrets that threaten to tear his clubhouse and the world of sports apart at the seams.

A comedy similar to "Major League" or "Bull Durham," but with several dark twists, the first installment of the "Hack" trilogy will keep you laughing and guessing until its shocking conclusion.
Roger "Hack" O'Callahan is angry. Even though he's managed four World Series-winning teams over a career spanning more than forty years, he's finally encountered a foe he can't beat: liver cancer.

Armed with a supply of his favorite cheap whiskey ("Old Reliable") and as his sharp tongue zips off callous remarks from his foul mouth, Hack decides to spit in the face of his impending demise by worming his way into managing the AA Hoplite Magpies, a team divided and at odds with each other and the rest of the Northern League. As Hack instills a little "old school" discipline in this rag-tag bunch, he comes to find that his players are keeping secrets of their own, secrets that threaten to tear his clubhouse and the world of sports apart at the seams.

A comedy similar to "Major League" or "Bull Durham," but with several dark twists, the first installment of the "Hack" trilogy will keep you laughing and guessing until its shocking conclusion.

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Published by: D.J. Gelner on Jun 24, 2013
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Hack: Innings 1-3
To Grant, Mom, Grandpa, (recently) Dad, and all of my baseball teammates and coaches through the years. Your love for the game made these books possible.
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“So, what‟s the bad news, doc?” The old man sat in a “damned
-
fool”
hospital gown at the foot of the exam table. Any sharpness to his voice had long since been eroded by a constant stream of whiskey and millions of puffs on cheap cigars. The doctor cleared
his throat, “You‟re sick, Mr. O‟Callahan.”
 
“Christ, that‟s a relief. „Cause if I was shittin‟ and coughin‟ up blood and I was healthy as a horse, I guess I‟d just be a fuckin‟
weirdo
, wouldn‟t I? How much did you pay for your medical degree, son? What‟re y
a, fifteen, sixteen
years old like that kid doctor on TV?” O‟Callahan punctuated his outburst with
a coughing fit. The doctor casually pulled two or three tissues from the box on the counter
and threw them at the old man, “Very sick, actually. You have an
advanced hepatocellular carcinoma
—”
 
“Hepta
-deca-
whatnow?” O‟Callahan asked.
 
“—Liver cancer. It‟s already starting to spread to other parts of your body,
including a small tumor in your stomach, hence the rather disturbing
symptoms you‟re experiencing.”
 
O‟Callahan‟s coughing finally subsided. He pulled the tissues away from
his mouth only to find a dark, red spot the size of a half-
dollar. He didn‟t even need to look; he‟d been hit in the face hundreds of times by errant balls thrown
or hit by his players, and probably a half dozen more by players who had aimed for his mug. He was familiar with the metallic taste of his own blood as it pooled in his mouth and coated his tongue.

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