The Bullpen Gospels
Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran
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From the humble heights of a Class A pitcher's mound to the deflating lows of sleeping on his gun-toting grandmother's air mattress, veteran reliever Dirk Hayhurst steps out of the bullpen to deliver the best pitch of his career – a raw, unflinching and surprisingly moving account of his life in the minors. "I enjoyed the visualizations, maybe a little too much, and would stop only when I felt I'd centered myself...or after one of my teammates hit me in the nuts with the rosin bag while my eyes were closed." Hilariously self-effacing and brutally honest, Hayhurst captures the absurdities, the grim realities, and the occasional nuggets of hard-won wisdom culled from four seasons in the minors. Whether training tarantulas to protect his room from thieving employees in a backwater hotel, watching the raging battles fought between his partially paralyzed father and his alcoholic brother, or absorbing the gentle mockery of some not-quite-starstruck schoolchildren, Dirk reveals a side of baseball, and life, rarely seen on ESPN. "My career has crash-landed on the floor of my grandma's old sewing room. If this is a dream come true, then dreams smell a lot like mothballs and Bengay." Somewhere between Bull Durham and The Rookie, The Bullpen Gospels takes an unforgettable trot around the inglorious base paths of minor league baseball, where an inch separates a ball from a strike, and a razor-thin margin can be the difference between The Show or a long trip home.
I bought this book after hearing about it on countdown. I started with no expectations and was really blown away. This book is not just about the minor leagues but life. I took a lot away for my own life from Hay. For sure baseball fans will enjoy but anyone can take a lot from the life lessons.
Note there is the profanity you would expect from guys in general.
The Bullpen Gospels
I loved this book. It is a baseball book but it is more than that. It is a book about life. It is funny and serious at the same time. Hayhurst has the ability to tell his story and at the same time get you to think about your own life.
The one downside to the book is, whoever proof read it needs to find a new line of work. There are several typos and a sentence or two that just don't make sense.
In spite of that, this is a great read. It is well worth your time.
A good read
In the vein of Ball Four but without the bite. A great read for the baseball fan.
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published:Apr 01, 2010
- Publisher: Kensington
- Seller: Kensington Publishing Corp
- Print Length: 240 Pages
- Language: English