Wild Pitches: Extra Innings from Out of My League

Kensington Publishing Corp.
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The “best writer in a baseball uniform” follows his New York Times bestseller The Bullpen Gospels with more hilarious tales of life on and off the diamond (The New York Times).
 
As a major and not-so-major league pitcher, Dirk Hayhurst has learned to master more than striking out batters. While waiting for his name to be called in the bullpen, he honed his gifts as a storyteller.
 
In this all-too-true collection of adventures in America’s favorite pastime, Hayhurst details the intricacies of pulling off an epic team prank, even if it’s at his own expense; the art of creating the perfect professional baseball nickname; his comically ineffective attempts at writing romance novels; and a bizarre tale in which a bear gets punched in the face (yes, that really happened—with all apologies to the bear).
 
“It’s not often that someone comes along who is a good pitcher and a good writer,” and no matter how wild his stories may be, Hayhurst proves once again that it’s all in the delivery (Salon).
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About the author

Dirk Hayhurst is the New York Times bestselling author of The Bullpen Gospels, Out of My League, Bigger Than the Game, and the e-book Wild Pitches. Drafted from Kent State University in 2003 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. He has been a professional broadcaster and baseball analyst for the Toronto Blue Jays and Sportsnet Toronto, a contributor for ESPN on the Olbermann show on ESPN 2, and a panelist on TBS's coverage of the MLB postseason. Visit him at dirkhayhurst.com.
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Publisher
Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Published on
Jan 29, 2013
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Pages
196
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ISBN
9780806536408
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Sports & Recreation / Baseball / Essays & Writings
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Ballplayer takes readers into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last-gasp division win by the 2005 “Baby Braves”; all the while sharing pitch-by-pitch dissections of clashes at the plate with some of the all-time great starters, such as Clemens and Johnson, as well as closers such as Wagner and Papelbon. He delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and his famous Braves brothers—Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, among them—and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds. The National League MVP also opens up about his overnight rise to superstardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame; his spirited rivalry with the New York Mets; his reflections on baseball in the modern era—outrageous money, steroids, and all—and his special last season in 2012.
 
Ballplayer immerses us in the best of baseball, as if we’re sitting next to Chipper in the dugout on an endless spring day.
New York Times Bestseller: “Bull Durham meets Ball Four in [this] hilarious and moving account of life in baseball’s glamour-free bush leagues” (Rob Neyer).
 
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.
 
Hayhurst captures the absurdities, the grim realities, and the occasional nuggets of hard-won wisdom culled from four seasons in the minors. Whether training tarantulas to protect his room from thieving employees in a backwater hotel, watching the raging battles between his partially paralyzed father and his alcoholic brother, or absorbing the verbal barbs of some less-than-impressed schoolchildren, Hayhurst reveals a side of baseball—and life—you won’t see on ESPN.
 
This “really enjoyable baseball read” takes an unforgettable trot around the inglorious base paths of minor league baseball, where an inch separates a ball from a strike, and the smallest margin can be the difference between “The Show” or a long trip home (Bob Costas).
 
“The Bullpen Gospels is a rollicking good bus ride of a book. Hayhurst illuminates a baseball life not only with wit and humor, but also with thought-provoking introspection.” —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated
 
“One of the best baseball books ever written.” —Keith Olberman
New York Times Bestseller: “Bull Durham meets Ball Four in [this] hilarious and moving account of life in baseball’s glamour-free bush leagues” (Rob Neyer).
 
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.
 
Hayhurst captures the absurdities, the grim realities, and the occasional nuggets of hard-won wisdom culled from four seasons in the minors. Whether training tarantulas to protect his room from thieving employees in a backwater hotel, watching the raging battles between his partially paralyzed father and his alcoholic brother, or absorbing the verbal barbs of some less-than-impressed schoolchildren, Hayhurst reveals a side of baseball—and life—you won’t see on ESPN.
 
This “really enjoyable baseball read” takes an unforgettable trot around the inglorious base paths of minor league baseball, where an inch separates a ball from a strike, and the smallest margin can be the difference between “The Show” or a long trip home (Bob Costas).
 
“The Bullpen Gospels is a rollicking good bus ride of a book. Hayhurst illuminates a baseball life not only with wit and humor, but also with thought-provoking introspection.” —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated
 
“One of the best baseball books ever written.” —Keith Olberman
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