"The best writer in a baseball uniform." -Tyler Kepner, The New York Times
After 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 more rehab, his major-league dreams seemed more 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 read. . .This book shows why baseball is so often used as a metaphor for life." -Keith Olbermann
"Entertaining and engaging. . .reminiscent 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 majors. . .Grade: Home Run." -Cleveland Plain Dealer
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 25th February 2014
Edition Number: 1