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Bullpen Gospels, The [Paperback]

Dirk Hayhurst
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March 30 2010
Upon its release The Bullpen Gospels was a direct hit to the New York Times bestseller list. With comparisons to Jim Boutons’s Ball Four, The Bullpen Gospels is slated to be a classic of the genre.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw & Honest March 27 2010
I finished this book within 2 days (and one of those days I worked).....I loved the honesty and the story of an ordinary man's struggles in life with the backdrop of my favourite sport, baseball. One page I'd be laughing & the next I'd be reading through tears. I learned a lot about life in the minor leagues, even more about Dirk himself, but surprisingly I learned a lot about myself and how I look at things in life. A really great read. (And just to show the span of appeal, I'd like to mention that I'm a 50+ female.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read book Feb. 14 2012
By BH24
Hayhurst's intimate view of minor league baseball is beautifully written and provides readers with edge of their seat in game excitement that makes you feel as though you were there for the games and are re-living the experience. He intertwined comedic "relief" with pertinent life advice so seamlessly that it makes this one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure to read. I'm really looking forward to reading his next books.
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AM-590 SportsTalkRadio (Toronto) baseball analyst Dirk Hayhurst relates his own not-so-brilliant career as a minor-league (sometimes Big League) reliever, discussing the (sometimes dashed frequently checkered) careers of baseball hopefuls. It includes being compelled to live with a nagging and aging female relative, who made his life miserable while he was trying to get his career on track. There are some off-colour anecdotes and salty language - not for the faint of heart, I can assure you. Finally, a championship in the minor leagues, and some welcome 'call-ups' to the big leagues. Insightful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book July 6 2014
By Ryan
Format:Kindle Edition
Great read. Especially getting to hear the struggles not just the triumphs. Comedic value helped this book along as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nails!!! May 7 2013
By Conrad
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No expectations going into this read, I love baseball and figured the reviews were great. No brainier good baseball book right? Baseball was great in the read, but the struggle and life lessons trumped everything else. You gotta love a surprise like that! Empathy is an author's binding agent and I was crazy glued to this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Picture of Baseball Dec 31 2012
By Barry Francis TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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In his tell-all best seller, The Bullpen Gospels, Dirk Hayhurst provides an unexpurgated account of minor league baseball and the colorful characters who endure it. It's a hilarious chronicle of the rituals, the seamy hotels and dressing rooms, the bus rides and the general x-rated behavior that prevails. Most of all it's about dreams mostly unfulfilled. It's been called a true picture of baseball. The names have been changed but the story is real.

Barry Francis
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Baseball Fans March 30 2010
The meat of this story is how baseball figures into Hayhurst's life, something that seems like it would be obvious seeing as how he's a pro ball player and all, but turns out to be much more complex. Some of the biggest stand-out moments of the story don't really have much to do with baseball at all. The book manages to craft together the dark and depressing with the light and humorous without either ever overpowering the other. A lot of authors would get too caught up with the dark stuff and focus on the difficulties involved in the story and it's nice to see that Hayhurst can keep the story true to life simply by not losing perspective.

The book starts out by telling us that the book is not about scandal or drugs in baseball and that's entirely true. However, it does give perspective and from that it becomes more clear why some of the players might turn to drugs. Hayhurst gives an unflinching look at how much hinges on a day's success or failure how much pressure a professional athlete can put on themselves to succeed and how unforgiving they can be to themselves when they don't. After looking at things like this, you can start to see why players can buckle and do anything they can to try and give themselves a little bit extra on their swing or a few more mph on their fastball.

So, if you've ever wondered what it's like to play in the minor leagues, this book will show you everything, from the worst to the best. More than that though, it really does make you think about how we deal with disappointment and excitement and lets us see how sometimes we can lose sight of what's most important. It was a brave book to write.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining! Aug. 3 2010
By Ian M
I read this book over the august long weekend and had no problems finishing. I am not much of a reader but picked a book on sports since everyone else on the beach would be reading as well. This book is based more on human interactions than it is on baseball. Dirk even states this in the first chapter. The interactions of the players on the long bus trips were hilarious and it always seemed that somehow chasing a girl was involved. There were some serious aspects to the book with regards to finding one's self mentally and a dysfunctional family life. A lot of people can relate to having family issues (except a lucky few).

I highly recommend this book to the guy who doesn't read much but likes movies like the hangover, old school, american pie etc...Perfect for the beach, plane or train!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down..Well Done
One of the problems with many books on sports personalities is that they focus far too much on meaningless statistics, game results, useless information that can be checked in... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2011 by Larry Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts from the Bullpen
I found this book the opposite of many I have read. I enjoyed his thoughts on life more than his interactions with other players. Some stories went on too long. Read more
Published on July 7 2010 by Harris Macklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good summertime read
Interesting review of the underbelly of minor league baseball. This book is an easy summertime read that is good for even the casual baseball fan.
Published on June 14 2010 by JC11
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life minor league ups and downs
I recommend this book to everyone interested in baseball and not educated about life in the high minors. Read more
Published on May 31 2010 by Marc Ranger
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball from the other side.
Hayhurst is a gifted writer first. His writing clearly demonstrates that he is observant, introspective, and sensitive; he also happens to be a baseball player. Read more
Published on May 9 2010 by R. J. Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Bullpen Gospels
I read the Bullpen Gospels for an insiders prospective on professional baseball. I got exactly what I payed for but also much more. It turns out this is just a great book. Read more
Published on May 4 2010 by Mitchell Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a masterpiece!
This book may appear to be about baseball, and (since at times baseball frames it so thoroughly) it can and will thrill the ball fan, it is more fundamentally about life, identity,... Read more
Published on April 11 2010 by Derek Maisonville
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