[PDF / Epub] ★ Bigger Than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life Autor Dirk Hayhurst – Islecook.co.uk

Bigger Than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life The Best Writer In A Baseball Uniform Tyler Kepner, The New York TimesAfter Nearly A Decade In The Minors, Dirk Hayhurst Defied The Odds To Climb Onto The Pitcher S Mound For The Toronto Blue Jays Newly Married, With A Big League Paycheck And A Brand New House, Hayhurst Was Ready For A Great Season In The Bigs Then Fate Delivered A Crushing Hit Hayhurst Blew Out His Pitching Shoulder In An Insane Off Season Workout Program After Surgery, Rehab, And Rehab, His Major League Dreams Seemed Distant Than Ever From There Things Got Worse, Weirder, And Funnier In A Crazy World Of Injured Athletes, Autograph Seeking Nuns, Angry Wrestlers, And Trainers With A Taste For Torture, Hayhurst Learned Lessons About The Game And Himself That Were Not In Any Rulebook Honest, Soul Searching, Insightful, Hilarious, And Moving, Dirk Hayhurst S Latest Memoir Is An Indisputable Baseball Classic Praise For The Bullpen Gospels And Out Of My League Dirk Hayhurst Writes About Baseball In A Unique Way Observant, Insightful, Human, And Hilarious Bob Costas A Fun ReadThis Book Shows Why Baseball Is So Often Used As A Metaphor For Life Keith Olbermann Entertaining And Engagingminiscent Of Jim Bouton S Ball Four Booklist A Rare Gem Of A Baseball Book Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated A Humorous, Candid, And Insightful Memoir Of Hayhurst S Rookie Season In The MajorsGrade Home Run Cleveland Plain Dealer I have read all four of Dirk Hayhurst s books now and have enjoyed each one of them Where the first three predominately focused on the lighter side of baseball with terrific background into his troubled family, his supportive romance and subsequent marriage , Bigger Than the Game takes a slightly different tack Dirk gets injured and his experiences move to the trials and tribulations of dealing with rehab, teammates resentful of his writing, and the realization that what makes one good on the field of competition is not necessarily what gives one an acceptable quality of life.Dirk Hayhurst s writing is vulnerable and real We are privy to the rarely seen shadow world of pro sports rehabbing and psychologists A particularly funny section of the book takes place at the world famous Andrews Clinic in Birmingham, where Hayhurst encounters sadistic trainers, a baseball crazy nun, a living ghost of the old south, and wrestler Triple H.The world of the injured player can be a difficult one I don t think being lonely has anything to do with the number of people you re around, writes Hayhurst Largely separated from the team during their physical rehab regimen, players are suddenly removed from the game they have devoted their lives to from an early age With time suddenly on their hands basic insecurities often rise and introspection follows Some cannot handle it Some become depressed and turn to pain meds, some turn to alcohol, and some face difficult home lives Spring training for the injured is like detention While everyone else is out having fun, sharing experiences in the game they love, you re stuck inside doing tedious busywork While teams now often provide a sports psychologist to help players work through these problems, actually going to see one is seen as a sign of weakness by many in the game.Hayhurst finally does go to the psychologist, albeit reluctantly, and works to come to terms with his difficulties Professional sports is a business, and as a business it is performance based It s like this, he writes This whole industry is morally bankrupt It s full of fakes and bastards and arrogant SOBs who can get away with murder as long as they play great And then, on the flip side, there s a pocket of decent guys who deserve respect, but don t get it if they don t play well but instead of trying to say we re not a commodity, we just want to be the most valuable commodity possible both sides say they hate it and yet both sides wouldn t have it any other way Later, when he talks to wrestler Triple H at the Andrews Clinic, Hayhurst realizes that playing a sport professionally is a job where people look at the role you play on television and feel they have the right to make up what your life should be like If, as Yogi Berra said, 90 percent of baseball is half mental, the mental side of the game is much underrepresented in print Players have to learn not only how to play the game, but how to play a role when they reach the elite levels of their sport Many struggle off the field with this distinction, with disastrous results plucked right from today s headlines Hayhurst encounters all of these issues and Instead of succumbing to his problems, he uses the time to step away from the intense competition of sport and get some much needed perspective at the end of the day, we were just grown men putting on costumes and playing children s games To take any of it seriously than that was a mistake The money, competition, intensity and constant press coverage seems to warp perspectives and values in sports in a way that makes people glorify the game and forget that there are other things that are important Players coddled from a young age because of their athletic abilities often forget that there is much out there that is bigger than the game.Dirk Hayhurst gives us a rare and fascinating behind the scenes glimpse of broken athletes working out of the spotlight not just to return to form, but to discover and face what it really is to be human You know, he writes, I think I learned about baseball this year than any season before it, and I didn t throw a single pitch. I ve been a baseball fan ever since I can remember In fact, when I immigrated to the US at the age of 10, I saw baseball on TV for the first time and instantly fell in love with it I wanted to be a baseball player when I grew up alas, my talent didn t agree with me It was a treat when I got to be in a major league clubhouse a few times I love going to big league ball parks, but the intimate setting of spring training, fall league, and the minors in general are interesting to me.Having read all 3.5 of Dirk s books, I can genuinely say that I m than just a fan I can relate to Dirk s mental struggles, the heat that he took from his teammates, and his unintentional screw ups While his other books were entertaining on the baseball side of things, Bigger Than the Game really gave me a sense of the mental aspect that very few players care to share, for fear of being seen as not tough enough I laughed through a lot of the stories he shared, cringed through the times when he didn t know what to do, and identified with him on some of the stuff I go through on a daily basis It was as if he was right in front of me, telling me all these stories in person And when I read about the dumbbell incident, my heart just sank for him, because I did the exact same thing twice and felt like an idiot for doing so both times.It was also fun trying to figure out who the characters were in real life, although they weren t necessarily hard to solve Perhaps Dirk could have used better alter ego names that weren t derivatives of the players real names I can see why some players didn t want to be included in the book.More than that, Dirk has inspired me to write my own stories Maybe it s because he seems like just any other normal person, or the fact that he taught himself how to write I feel like even a nobody with zero writing skills like me can figure something out if I tried hard enough I truly believe that writing helped Dirk through his ups and downs, and now he s in a better place mentally because of it.

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