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Bullpen Gospels, The: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran
Bullpen Gospels, The: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran
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Category :  Sports
 
Publisher :  Blackstone Audio Inc
Author :  Dirk Hayhurst
Narrator :  Ray Porter
 
Length :  10 hours 26 minutes (Unabridged)
 
Download Price :  $19.99
 
Format :  Downloadable MP3
 
Only Available in the US and Canada
 
© 2010 Blackstone Audio Inc
“One of the best baseball books ever written.”— Keith Olbermann

“Hilarious, poignant, a really enjoyable read.”— Bob Costas

“Offers sage observations about the nature of celebrity and ambition, forgiveness and family.”— Wall Street Journal

“Dirk Hayhurst has written a fascinating, funny and honest account on life in the minor leagues. I loved it.”— Tim Kurkjian, senior writer, analyst, and reporter, ESPN television

“A true picture of baseball.”— Tim McCarver

“The Bullpen Gospels is a rollicking good bus ride of a book.”— Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

“Bull Durham meets Ball Four.”— Ron Neyer, ESPN.com

“Fascinating…a perspective that fans rarely see.”— Trevor Hoffman, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers

“He has a message to deliver about the things that matter in life—and those that don't. And he offers sage observations about the nature of celebrity and ambition, forgiveness and family….Mr. Hayhurst is already a writer, maybe even a major-league prospect”— Wall Street Journal

“If 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 you laugh, make you cry and strike out Ryan Howard.”— King Kaufman, Salon


“The 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 Fastball



Upon its release, The Bullpen Gospels was a direct hit to the New York Times bestseller list. With comparisons to Jim Boutons’s Ball Four, The Bullpen Gospels is slated to be a classic of the genre.

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 and unflinching account of his life in the minors.

Whether training tarantulas to protect his room from thieving employees in a backwater hotel or absorbing the gentle mockery of some not-quite-starstruck schoolchildren, Hayhurst reveals a side of baseball—and life—rarely seen on ESPN.

Drafted from Kent State University in 2003 as a senior sign, Dirk Hayhurst has pitched professionally for seven seasons on seven minor-league teams and two big-league teams, the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays. Since 2007, he has blogged about baseball for Baseball America. Born and raised in Canton, Ohio, he now lives in Hudson Ohio, with his wife, Bonnie, and their pet, Garfoose.
 
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