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4 Jun In “The Bullpen Gospels,” Hayhurst, a pitcher, gets off to a rocky start. The dialogue seems fake. The prose is awkward. And he’s terribly cruel. Based on the best selling book “The Bullpen Gospels” by Dirk Hayhurst. 19 Apr Last week, I mentioned that I had ordered The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst and that I would soon write a review. I found a copy at my local.

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The Bullpen Gospels (a Review)

Some parts of the book were nail-biting was he going to get cut at AA spring training? Has anybody really not already heard about these worn-out juvenile she I purchased this book after reading several glowing reviews.

The narrative – which is his true story, though I think most all of the th are changed or composite characters used – follows his season, wherein he goes through quite a bit of an existential crisis as he struggles and reaches the point where it may be time to give up on baseball.

In some ways I think this is thhe book much like that movie. He is an amazing, one of a kind guy. Overall, the book is a modern classic and a hilarious interpretation of baseball. Apr 30, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 31, Mark Ahrens rated it it was amazing.

The reader quickly realizes that there is very little glory or money on the minor league trail. And then, just when you think it is yet another jock remembrance, you are hit with moments of real life, deep reflection and real change.

Also the friendship of teammates, post-game meals in small-town gospe,s and the ups and downs of semi-pro baseball. That was from my Twitter feed on Saturday afternoon:. Feb 25, Anthony rated it it gosoels amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Hayhurst is a long reliever in his fifth year in the minors, sent back to A ball after having seen AAA for a few games the previous year.


He makes his home in Twinsburg, Ohio, with his wife Bonnie and their pet garfoose. Library Locations and Hours. He would stay with his direct family, but his father is a depressed and angry cripple, his mother an over-controlling burden, and his brother a drunk with a reckless attitude.


DIRK HAYHURST » The Bullpen Gospels

That approach was hopeless with this book. He might have called it ‘Pitcher in the Rye. On a personal note this thd probably even more fun for me to read since it was about the farm teams for my home team and I’ve always kept an eye on our prospects at all levels. Rarely will a book meet the expectations of such early reviews, but this one, for me at least surpassed them. This book was easy to read and enjoyable.

The book is receiving rave reviews not only for its baseball-related content, but also for Hayhurst’s pained, personal story. There is no lack of pranks, jokes or adolescent behaviour serving as a background to the author’s quest for his dream. 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. In the absence of money for entertainment, the boys in the locker create their own.

Gospsls, because it came so highly praised by Keith Olbermann and Bob Costas, I made the impulse decision when Keith first wrote about it to put it on pre-order at Amazon. I could pitch five innings in a blowout or face one batter in the seventeenth inning. It is filled with short chapters gospelz very funny dialogue.


In fact, he finds himself in the big leagues inbut that’s not the point of the story.

He is always going on gospdls something and is never happy anymore. Trivia About The Bullpen Gospe Oct 23, Cade McCrate rated it it was amazing.

Whether or not this book is for you, well that remains up to your personal liking; you will just have to read it for yourself. Audio version by Ray Porter highly recommended. Immature frat boy pranks rule the day.

The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect’s Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life

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. There is appeal gospelw the rabid fan gospwls well as the nominal fan. All in all, I found this a very satisfying book, as a baseball fan, as a reader, and as one who hopes the best for troubled families.

Coming from a self-pronounced teetotal-ling virgin you’d yhe to hear these incidents recapped with at least a few frowns between the lines. This is a really enjoyable baseball read. It was well written, and it turns out that baseball players are hilarious.

This book brought back some pleasant memories.