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.
I enjoyed the visualizations, maybe a little too much, and
would stop only when I felt I'd centered myself...or after one of
my teammates hit me in the nuts with the rosin bag while my eyes
Hilariously self-effacing and brutally honest, 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 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.
My career has crash-landed on the floor of my grandma's old
sewing room. If this is a dream come true, then dreams smell a lot
like mothballs and Bengay.
Somewhere between Bull Durham and The Rookie, The Bullpen
Gospels takes an unforgettable trot around the inglorious base
paths of minor league baseball, where an inch separates a ball from
a strike, and a razor-thin margin can be the difference between The
Show or a long trip home.