We Is Blaze — Bakersfield’s last stand
Professional, affiliated baseball has been around in Bakersfield, California since 1941… all the way up through 2016, when the Bakersfield Blaze played out their final games of the summer, packed up, and shipped out to North Carolina. Leaving behind a loyal-to-the-death front office staff, a few dozen (seriously) fans, and their historic, quirky former home in Sam Lynn Ballpark, that was it for affiliated ball in Bakersfield. We Is Blaze, set for release April 17, 2017, tells the story of those employees, players, and fans in the final summer of pro ball in Kern County.
Written by Bobby DeMuro, the founder of BaseballCensus.com, We Is Blaze chronicles the 2016 season of baseball in Bakersfield from the perspective of everyone there: players, players’ wives and girlfriends, front office members, game day and seasonal employees, fans, and the venerable old ghost of Sam Lynn himself, said to haunt the ballpark with a mysterious “force field” that only ever seemed to help pitchers. With dozens of pictures, hundreds of hours of interviews, and literally tens of thousands of words on the Blaze, baseball in Bakersfield, and Sam Lynn Ballpark, We Is Blaze is the definitive account of the final summer of pro ball in the hometown of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
And yes, the book will explain its grammatically incorrect title, too.
We Is Blaze — Buy the baseball book
Check back in this space very soon for links to purchase We Is Blaze; the book is in its final stages, and will be available for purchase on April 17, 2017. In the meantime, you can connect with the book on social media, as well as its official website, all linked here:
- We Is Blaze — Official Website
- @WeIsBlaze on Twitter
- @WeIsBlaze on Facebook
- @WeIsBlaze on Instagram
- @WeIsBlaze on Tumblr
- Email We Is Blaze
If you’re unfamiliar with baseball in Bakersfield and at Sam Lynn Ballpark specifically, visiting the site and those social links would be a great place to start. There, over the next two months, you’ll get teasers and short stories about baseball in Bakersfield, all of which make for the perfect run-up to the book itself right as the 2017 season begins.
Again, check back soon — there’s good stuff coming.