Phillies rookie pitcher Tim Charles must decide whether to honor his manager’s call to retaliate against a Met’s batter or ignore him and risk losing his club’s respect. The next pitch he throws will shock the nation. The crackling sound the ball makes as it hits the helmet will be heard throughout the baseball and legal community. The unthinkable has occurred. Is it just a tragic part of the game? Or could it actually be criminal?
Veteran prosecutor Jaime Brooks reluctantly accepts the task of investigating a case that could change the way the game of baseball is played forever. What began as a feud between two teams turns into a legal drama that will play out in a grand jury and potentially a full blown jury trial. The stakes are high for Tim Charles as he faces the unimaginable consequence of his last pitch. And a national debate over the unwritten code of baseball and the accountability of players for acts on the field will erupt in a courtroom and in the offices of the baseball commissioner.
What was in Charles’ heart and mind when he threw the last pitch? Put yourself in the juror’s seat in a case that will decide Charles’ fate and possibly how baseball is played in the future.
Targeted Age Group: ages 14 and up
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About the Author:
I spent my adolescent years in Philadelphia where I became a Phillies fan and saw my first game with my dad at the age of six. That green infield has mesmerized me ever since. I moved to New Jersey and attended Cherry Hill High School. I got my B.A. at Rutgers College and a masters degree in 1968 from Farleigh Dickinson University.
I taught one year at Glen Ridge High School and then two years at Cherry Hill East where I taught Human Behavioral Patterns. After attending Rutgers Law I joined the Camden County Prosecutors’ Office in New Jersey for 30 years.
I prosecuted thousands of criminal cases including 25 homicide trials for Camden County. One of my cases, which was one of the first trials in the country for the attempted use of HIV-infected blood as a weapon, was covered on Court TV. I also appeared on Court TV in the trial of a Cherry Hill, NJ rabbi charged with murdering his wife I became a partner in the defense firm of Helmer, Paul, Conley and Kasselman in 2005. I understand and appreciate the roles of both the prosecution and the defense in the legal process.