Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Derek Jeter Presents...Night At the Stadium by Phil Bildner
THE YANKEES WIN! "THAT WAS THE AWESOMEST GAME EVER!" GIDEON CHEERED.
TIME TO GET AUTOGRAPHS, DAD!" GIDEON LOVED AUTOGRAPHS, BUT ONE WAS STILL MISSING--THE ONE HE WANTED MORE THAN ANYTHNG.
"EVERYONE, STAY TOGETHER!" MOM SAID.
Giden follows his family, fumbling through his jacket pocket for his precious autograph book. But's it's GONE! He turns around to look behind him toward where he was sitting, but he hasn't dropped it there. And when he turns back around, his family is gone, too, out of sight in the crowd streaming toward the exits!
HE ZIGGED UP ONE RAMP AND DOWN ANOTHER.
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?" SAID A VOICE.
Everything looks strange, and the voice seems to be coming from a tangle of groundskeeping rakes and hoses in a corner.
"YOU TALK?" HE ASKED.
"WE ALL DO. SOME OF THEM TALK TOO MUCH," SAID THE HOSE.
Gideon feels as if he gone down that famous rabbit hole or through that looking glass. But he follows the directions from the talking rake and opens a door that says EQUIPMENT. Inside are some bossy yakking baseballs stacked in a pyramid. One of the bats hops into his hands, and in a wooden monotone croaks"Yer up, Kid!"
But Gideon isn't up to playing ball. Leaving the loquacious equipment behind, Gideon runs up some stairs, to where the food vendors' stocks are stored. He has to find his family!
THE HOT DOG SHOOK HIS BUNS, AND POINTED AHEAD.
And inside the stadium's Monument Park Museum, it only gets stranger. Gideon meets Babe Ruth, who points his way to where Derek Jeter himself is waiting. Gideon gets his coveted autograph and directions to where he'll find his family from his idol himself, in Phil Bilder's takeoff on Night in the Museum, Derek Jeter Presents Night at the Stadium (Jeter Publishing) (Aladdin Books/Jeter Publishing, 2016). Fantasy-loving baseball fans will enjoy the inside tour of Yankee Stadium and get a chuckle or two from the wisecracking rakes and baseball bats in his latest of Jeter's baseball spinoffs. Jeter may inspire older readers of this one to move on to his popular semi-autobiographical boyhood baseball series, which includes Hit & Miss, (Jeter Publishing) The Contract, (Jeter Publishing) and his current hit (pun intended), Change Up. (Jeter Publishing)