The Hidden People Of North Korea Everyday Life In The Hermit Kingdom yOne of the greatest baseball books of modern times hit North America s books stores this week Shockingly it was written by a guy who was interested in growing up to be Trevor Hoffman not Peter Gammons Those aren t my words They are the opening sentences of ESPN baseball analyst Jayson Stark s review of The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk HayhurstThe book is receiving rave reviews not only for its baseball related content but also for Hayhurst s pained personal story But don t be confused This story is neither an over the top expose on today s players nor a aw shucks feel good tale In fact it is not easy to put this book into a single category Hayhurst use pseudonyms and composite characters to protect his teammates identifies This is raw stuff some times cring Ifou are a baseball
"fan do ou "do ou wonder if minor league baseball may stunt the emotional growth and maturing of Too Many Monsters A Halloween Counting Book young males Ifou wondered about that this book will remove any doubts Honestly I find it a bit disconcerting to read how these Adolf Hitler young men who are thrown together away from their families view females and how that influences so much of what they say and do This is absolutely not Dirk Hayhurst s fault and in fact he is a very good writer I appreciated the way things came together for him by the end of the book and the fact that he took a reflective approach to being a professional athlete than most of them do However I would hesitate to recommend this book because such a large percentage of it involved stories of raunchy behavior and so little of it had to do with baseball or the author s reflective thought process I heard Dirk Hayhurst interviewed by Houston Astros broadcasters and was interested in the book as a result I do not regret reading it I must admit to being disappointed in what anticipated would be an excellent baseball book Fantastic The best what it s like to play baseball book I ve read since Ball Four And it s not just about baseball Hayhurst takes us not just into the clubhouse and bullpen but also into his own mind as he struggles with this place in the game his family and the world Highly recommended I purchased this book after reading several glowing reviews I hoped that Hayhurst would expose a behind the scenes look into the minor league experience with honesty and intelligence Unfortunately sad to say I was disappointed There was far too much sophomoric rowdy behavior complete with all of the expected predictable elements including downloading porn from the Internet drunken behavior and fart jokes Reall For some reason I am obsessed with minor league baseball Definitely a weird thing for a chick to be into especially a married chick who isn t a cleat chaser Something about the grind of it the struggle the chance to make it big for a very few is appealing to me not to mention game after game in small ballparks in the middle of nowhere I guess unlike the NFLou can be drafted and slog around the minors for so many ears forever even It takes a real dedication to keep going because most players make less than a McDonald s cashier Anyway I wondered if there was a memoir about the minor leagues so I went on searched minor league baseball and voila I came across this bestselling impressively blurbed memoir by Dirk Hayhurst Once I started the book I was thrilled to learn not only was it the well written minor league memoir I was looking for but Dirk Hayhurst was in the farm system for my beloved Padres I loved learning about High A and AA life not to mention guest appearances by. 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 myselfor after one of my teammates hit me in "THE NUTS WITH THE ROSIN BAG "nuts with the rosin bag 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 uite 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 an.
Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook È Dirk HayhurstSome of my favorites Chase Headley Will Venable and the legendary Trevor Hoffman Sorry Hayhurst our name didn t really ring a bell despite my Friars obsession I think Powered By Happy How To Get And Stay Happy At Work Boost Performance Increase Success And Transform Your Workday you knew that thoughThe writing is funny and uick and the author seems like the proverbial good guy at least amongst the frat like behavior of his compatriots Granted he wrote the book so was free to paint himself in a certain light However I am sure there are very few if any minor leaguers who don t drink and are waiting until marriage for sex Some parts of the book were nail biting was he going to get cut at AA spring training and I was very careful not to Google the author because I didn t want to know how it turned out This book was definitely was gritty as I expected It is very clear that minor league baseball is just one long extended high school locker room and some of the gross antics got a little old after awhile But it was to be expected All in an interesting tale of life in the Minors Thoroughly enjoyed this Hayhurst is a long reliever in his fifthear in the minors sent back to A ball after having seen AAA for a few "games the previous The Metamorphosis year This is his story about thatear working his way back "the previous The Architecture Of The Classical Interior year This is his story about thatear working his way back the baseball path He bookends the stories about his baseball life that ear with some stories about his troubled family His family "stories here are heartbreaking and sad uite different from the bulk of the book and I felt a little out "here are heartbreaking and sad uite different from the bulk of the book and I felt a little out place Another thing that threw me is that this has very few of the typical baseball stories ou read in baseball books No this is about what happens on the team bus in the bullpen and in the clubhouse It s the life beyond the game And it s hilariously funny if Fisch Sucht Fahrrad Roman you like teen boy raunchy humor Ifou don t Soul Rape Why People Hate Going To Church Distrust Clergy Avoid Religion Keep Searching For God And The Revolution They Star you won t like this book Hayhurst is very comfortable with human waste and the body parts that eliminate it Hayhurst also can writing touching stuff when talking about taking a boy with an illness into the bullpen or in his first anecdote about giving his shoes to a homeless man The best part beyond the great anecdotes of boys being boys was seeing Hayhurst as the old guy for part of the season in Single A then being the new guy in his Double A team I found it interesting how baseball makesou jump back and forth on that continuum during Ecology At The Heart Of Faith your rise through the minors And Hayhurst description of the Baseball Reaper there to take away the playing days of a washed up player well that fits in well with the Job Reaper I suspect is behind every layoff and shutdown in this economy Baseball is the same as the real world only differentIt detracts a bit from the story of Hayhurst s rise from Single A to Double A ball where the story ends at the end of the season whenou read his minor league record and see that he also got in two games at the Triple A level You wonder why the whole story wasn t as good as the modified one he told Then I saw his AAA ERA of 2363 so maybe he was just embarrassed But when ou #see an obvious change in history ou wonder what else in #an obvious change in history Conflict And Counterpoint In Lesbian Gay And Feminist Studies you wonder what else in anecdotes he took liberties with Hayhurst does tell good stories though I listened to the audio version of this book The narrator was able to provide voices to the players that really provided some added entertainment to the listening and helped to easily distinguish the many players This was very well done and made what might have been a difficult to follow book given lots of players an easy read Audio version by Ray Porter highly recommended I watch a whole heck of a lot of baseball games and I am of course aware. D 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 homeAfter many minutes hours days weeks months andears spent in the bullpen I can verify that this is a true picture of baseball Tim McCarverThere are great truths within of the kind usually unspoken And as he expresses them Dirk Hayhurst describes himself as 'a real person who moonlights as a baseball player' In much the same manner while The Bullpen Gospels chronicles how all of us face the impact when we learn reality is both far meaner and far richer than our dreams it also moonlights as one of the best baseball books ever written Keith OlbermannA bit of Jim Bouton a bit of Jim Brosnan a bit of Pat Jordan a bit of crash Davis and a whole lot of Dirk Hayhurst Often hilarious sometimes poignant This is a really enjoyable baseball read Bob CostasFascinatingâ€¦a perspective that fans rarely see Trevor Hoffman pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers The Bullpen. That all the players are people outside the context of being baseball players but I don t think about it too much This book is a reminder that I probably don t want to know those people but good grief are they hilarious in their offensive habitsHayhurst is a nobody grinding his way up through the minor leagues The narrative which is his true story though I think most all of the names are changed or composite characters used follows his 2007 season wherein he goes through
*uite a bit of an existential crisis as he struggles and reaches *a bit of an existential crisis as he struggles and reaches point where it may be time to give up on baseball In fact he finds himself in the big leagues in 2008 but that s not the point of the storyIn Hayhurst s own words his book is about what baseball isn t The story is not a complex one but it is his and he approaches it with the insight and thoughtfulness that one doesn t expect from an athlete He is probably unusual in having the gift of being able to write about this there doesn t seem to be any reason to believe it was ghost written or something because he s consistently a bit of an outcast for being the intellectual sort of type who s above it all His agent points this out noting an instance where Hayhurst is obviously different from other baseball players on the basis of using fuck and Narnia in the same sentenceHe is part of the fray and Gerald Of Wales yet he is above the fray and over the course of thisear he deals with demons from his own family as well as the Baseball Reaper to come to some sort of triumph which is not to say he became one of the best baseball players of all time but he does seem to have become the best baseball player that he could beI actually would have liked if there was a bit to the story Some things that seem important are glossed over for instance as he harps on the beats where his season s success dovetailed into his regular life he goes right past when he meets his future wife Maybe he was a little embarrassed by it since it began on the Internet I am not really sure but I think it would have added something to the story if he was also on the journey where he gets the girl which he does at the same time that he rebounds from nearly washing out of high A into becoming a part of the AA championship teamOh and the thing about this book it s freaking hilarious The raunchy and debauched stories that he relates from his minor league teammates are sexist homophobic and occasionally gross for normal reasons Immature frat boy pranks rule the day But it s still funny and Hayhurst s detached observations of these are part of the fun Inside looks at the Kangaroo Court are a particular treat A scant handful of interesting poignant or amusing anecdotes sandwiched between endless chapters of explosive diarrhea sophomoric frat humor and misogynistic behavior Coming from a self pronounced teetotal ling virgin In Tune With The Moon 2010 The Complete Day By Day Moon Planner For Growing And Living In 2010 you d hope to hear these incidents recapped with at least a few frowns between the linesIfou re into garden variety hard knock life power of positive thinking memoirs The Ottoman City And Its Parts Urban Structure And Social Order you might give this an extra star Ifou re looking for real baseball insight A False Dawn Volume 16 My Life As A Gypsy Woman In Slovakia you just struck out andes that groaner intentionally mimics how the book is written 500 Stars Memoirs just don t come this good By far the most self deprecating humour I ve come across in a long time if ever this memoir about the most strategic sport in the world what life is like on its fringes manages to genui What baseball fan hasn t dreamed of what it would be like to play in the Big Leagues or imagined themselves in their teams hom. Gospels is a rollicking good bus ride of a book Hayhurst illuminates a baseball life not only with wit and humor but also with thought provoking introspection Tom Verducci Sports IllustratedDirk Hayhurst has written a fascinating funny #And "Honest Account On Life "Account On Life account on life the minor leagues I loved it Writers can't play baseball but in this case a player sure can write Tim Kurkjian Senior Writer ESPN The Magazine analystreporter ESPN televisionBull Durham meets Ball Four in Dirk Hayhurst's hilarious and moving account of life in baseball's glamour free bush leagues Rob Neyer ESPNcomIf Holden Caulfield could dial up his fastball to 90 mph he might have written this funny touching memoir about a ballplayer at a career and life crossroads He might have called it 'Pitcher in the Rye' Instead he left it to Dirk Hayhurst the only writer in the business who can make Siddhartha you laugh makeou cry and strike out Ryan Howard King Kaufman SalonThe Bullpen Gospels is a funny bone tickling tear duct stimulating feel good story that will leave die hard baseball fans and die hard human beings for that matter well feeling good Bob Mitchell author of Once Upon a Fastbal.