Forty Thousand to One
Ben Petrick & Scott Brown
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What if I told you that a decade ago, one of the greatest baseball prospects of his era was hitting home runs off Hall of Famers while hiding Parkinson's disease? What if I told you this is not the most amazing part of Ben Petrick's story? When he signed a big-league contract, baseball executives and scouts uniformly predicted Petrick would be the Rockies starting catcher for a decade. 'Think Buster Posey with speed,' says Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle, who managed Petrick in Colorado. 'He could have been one of the best catchers ever.' When he was called to the majors, Petrick didn't disappoint, hitting .323 over his first two seasons, with 11 homers off the likes of Randy Johnson. What no one knew at the time was that after his rookie season, Petrick was told he had Parkinson's, the same diagnosis his father received just seven months before. Four years later, Petrick quietly disappeared from the game. With his physical capacity growing more diminished by the day, Petrick resolved to undergo a radical surgery to improve the life of his family. Petrick's soul-stirring journey, which he first recounted on his wildly popular blog called Faith In The Game and now in 40,000 to One, has earned him worldwide acclaim as an author and speaker, with some citing his book as one of the greatest sports biographies of all time. Says legendary baseball writer Steve Wulf of ESPN: 'Ben could've become the best catcher in baseball, and maybe one of the best in history, until Young-Onset Parkinson's robbed him of his physical abilities. But clearly he lost one gift only to find another.' Baseball America calls 40,000 to One 'An inspiration for all.' Petrick's celebrated work has managed to transcend the sports genre, with no less than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer saying, 'There are moments in this book that take your breath away. What the world will know once they've read 40,000 to One is that Ben's baseball success was prologue to what he was really meant to do in life: reveal a better way to those of us whose lives spin wildly at times.' 40,000 to One marks the arrival of an astonishingly bold and riveting author whose story seems destined to touch the hearts of millions, much as crossovers from the sports genre like Mitch Albom's 'Tuesdays With Morrie' and Arthur Ashe's 'Days of Grace' have in the past.
A Man's Will To Fight
Ben Petrick's harsh battle with Parkinson's affected his life both Mentally and Physically. A once projected Major League Baseball superstar forced to retire and rely on the love and support of his family to continue to fight. Petrick's story will break your heart and make you smile all at once. This is a great book for anyone, not just sports fans. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Forty Thousand to One
I was fortunate enough to meet Ben when he was an 18 years old. It was obvious at that point that he was a young man with great character. To read of the battle that he has fought breaks my heart, but to learn how hard he has fought to be a true father to his daughters and a husband is more uplifting than I'm sure he could have expected.
After reading this book I assure you, you will think twice about how you deal with you family when you've had a long day or your tired.
Do yourself a favor and read this book.