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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His life experiences have really given him the insight and wisdom I can only compare to those old wise men that you see in movies, you know, where Holy hell, Dirk is one hell of a writer. For the vast majority of us, this dream was never closer than our own mind. Later in the book when Dirk is away she finally cracks and calls them.
This is raw stuff, some times cringe-worthy, sophomorphic fun, other times cringe-worthy pain, delivered like an automatic machine gun by a gifted writer. But when you see an obvious change in history, you wonder what else in his anecdotes he took liberties with. Much like Hayhurst and others who spend careers fighting labels, it is too simple to call this a baseball book.
This is cross posted at Baseball Babble Hayhurst seems like a decent guy and he does grow personally. Hayhurst’s style is disarmingly conversatinal and self-deprecating; exposing the reader to the lighter side of baseball, but also to his inner most fears and demons. One day you could be friends with everyone on your team and having a great time and the next you’re flying on a plane to a completely different team, city, and coach. Thank you for using the catalog. The Bullpen Gospels provides a first hand account of a prospect’s journey toward this dream.
Summary 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.
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Actor Ray Porter’s narration is engaging and lively; he expertly captures the vocal nuances gosels the wide variety of colorful characters in Hayhurst’s tale, from no-nonsense coaches to a foul-mouthed grandmother.
However, the parts I most enjoyed about the book were the stories outside of baseball. 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 names 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.
One day you could be friends with everyone on your team and having a great time and the next you’re flying on a plane to a completely different team, city, The book, The Bullpen Gospels: Wellllll Sometimes a book sneak gos;els up on you. While there are a few stories of players you may know, it is certainly not a tell all memoir in the vain of Jose Canseco’s Juiced.
Bulplen guess, unlike the NFL, you can be drafted and slog around the minors for so many years, forever even. Gpspels love baseball so you don’t thw to say much to squeeze a few stars out of me. I found a copy at my local Borders on Thursday, and I was done by Saturday. Dirk holds nothing back, whether he is talking about others or making fun of himself which creates the sidesplitting atmosphere around the book.
The Bullpen Gospels
Often hilarious, sometimes poignant. I think you knew that, though. Another thing that threw me is that this has very few Hayhurst is a long reliever in his fifth year in the minors, sent back to A ball after having tospels AAA for a few games the previous year. Baseball players — United States — Biography.
It’s much more about the life and interactions that go on before and after game time. All the poorly edited sentences and grammar errors made it just that much less enjoyable.
I was disappointed when bullpwn book ended because I enjoyed it so much.
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He really has an amazing way with words and this book will tne you to run the gamut of emotions. This book is legitimately “laugh out loud” funny.
Shockingly, it was written by a guy who was more interested in growing up to be Trevor Hoffman, not Peter Gammons. Paperbackpages.
I expected the book to be a minor-league Ball Fourbut it has more in common with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. His dad is the kind of person who has no emotion except for anger. To Hayhurst, baseball has always been an escape, but moving from prospect to roster-filler status has soured his love for the game.
Dec 30, Tim The Enchanter rated it really liked it Shelves: Drafted from Kent State University in as a senior sign, Hayhurst pitched professionally for nine years on more than eight minor league teams and three major league teams–the San Diego Padres, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Tampa Bay Rays. His speaks fondly of his teammates and coaches, empathizing with them.
Feb 25, Anthony rated it gospwls was amazing.
It is filled with short chapters and very funny dialogue. I purchased this book after reading several glowing reviews. 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.
Jul 27, Greg rated it it was amazing. Overall, th book is a modern classic and hte hilarious interpretation of baseball. 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 Nullpen 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.
For the tired poop jokes, zero.
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It is a book about life, with baseball as the backdrop…. 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. Aug 16, Scott Breslove rated it it was amazing. May 07, Tisha rated it really liked it.