Out Of My League

Hardcover | March 1, 2012

byDirk Hayhurst

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After six years of laying it on the line in the minors, pitcher Dirk Hayhurst hopes 2008 is the year he breaks into the big leagues. But every time Dirk looks up, the bases are loaded with new challenges, on and off the field: a wedding balancing on a blind hope, a family in chaos, and paychecks that beg Dirk to answer, "How long can I afford to keep doing this?"

Then it finally happens--Dirk gets called up to the Majors, to play for the San Diego Padres. A dream comes true when he takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants, kicking off forty insane days and nights in the Bigs--with a big paycheck, bigger-than-life personalities, and the biggest pressure he's ever felt.

Like the classic games of baseball's illustrious history, Out of My League entertains from the first pitch to the last out, capturing the gritty realities of playing on the big stage, the comedy and camaraderie in the dugouts and locker rooms, and the hard-fought, personal journeys that drive our love of America's favorite pastime.

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After six years of laying it on the line in the minors, pitcher Dirk Hayhurst hopes 2008 is the year he breaks into the big leagues. But every time Dirk looks up, the bases are loaded with new challenges, on and off the field: a wedding balancing on a blind hope, a family in chaos, and paychecks that beg Dirk to answer, "How long can I...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 8.62 × 5.8 × 1.3 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:KensingtonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0806534850

ISBN - 13:9780806534855

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUCH! I used to play in the top amateur league in Canada. Or at least, like Dirk, I tried and tried. So, many of his experiences brought back similar ones I ouched through. And I would guess this applies to any kid or young adult who put it all on the line just to get a uniform, just to warm the bench and particularly to get in a game and have it going that day. Dirk's honesty about his own feelings, his ability to sketch his surroundings and his the glimpses he gives of his team mates are either dead honest. Or Dirk is a beneficent liar. Because this book is not Ball Four, not a tell all about who came to the park drunk or who wasn't screwing around on his wife when they were on the road. It's a tale of a trier. Someone who wouldn't quit till they shot him. My only problem with the book was that I ate it all in one sitting. It tasted that good.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUCH! I used to play in the top amateur league in Canada. Or at least, like Dirk, I tried and tried. So, many of his experiences brought back similar ones I ouched through. And I would guess this applies to any kid or young adult who put it all on the line just to get a uniform, just to warm the bench and particularly to get in a game and have it going that day. Dirk's honesty about his own feelings, his ability to sketch his surroundings and his the glimpses he gives of his team mates are either dead honest. Or Dirk is a beneficent liar. Because this book is not Ball Four, not a tell all about who came to the park drunk or who wasn't screwing around on his wife when they were on the road. It's a tale of a trier. Someone who wouldn't quit till they shot him. My only problem with the book was that I ate it all in one sitting. It tasted that good.
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read!!! I strongly recommend this book! Within five minutes of reading this book I couldn't put it down! I was hooked! This book details life of baseball most of had no idea what it really goes on. I would recommend this book to any reader.
Date published: 2012-03-06

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"This is more than a baseball book. It's the story of a man learning that it's possible to grip a baseball without it gripping him." --Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports.com "Even more than he did in The Bullpen Gospels, Dirk Hayhurst teaches us here what happens when a ‘dream career' collides with reality. There is such universality in his struggles, that if by the book's end you don't become him in your mind, there's probably something wrong with your heart." --Keith Olbermann"We all know the story of the wide-eyed rookie just happy to reach the major leagues. Problem is, there's so much more to it. Dirk Hayhurst takes us along on his journey from fringe prospect to major leaguer, with its exhilarating highs but also its punishing lows. The ride is gripping, revealing--and not at all what you'd expect. The author peels back his evolution as a person and a player, ranging far from the field yet showing compelling sides of the game that fans rarely see."  --Tyler Kepner, The New York Times"Once again, Dirk Hayhurst brings readers into a world they rarely see: the hardscrabble world of minor-league baseball. It is a world full of political drama, financial stress and daily heartache. These are players you rarely hear about, players who rarely become rich or famous. Most, in fact, face the same kinds of struggles as the rest of us." --Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports"Dirk Hayhurst has done it again. His second book is as good if not better than his first. Turns out he's a starter and a closer."--Tim Kurkjian, ESPN"Baseball is a game governed by countless rules, none bigger than this one: Don't over think it. Dirk Hayhurst takes us down the rabbit hole that is his mind, to a place where that rule is constantly violated, every decision, every move, every breath over thought. In the process, he provides a brutally honest take on life in the majors--the oversized ballparks, hotel rooms, and personalities, but also the self-doubt, loneliness, and despair. I laughed, I cried, I even learned how to doctor a baseball."   --Jonah Keri, author of The Extra 2%"Out of My League  is no mere sequel to The Bullpen Gospels. Yes, Hayhurst continues to chronicle his journey through the good, bad, absurd, mundane and often harrowing world of professional baseball, and yes his excellent writing continues to be hilarious, touching, illuminating and poignant.  But this is more than a baseball book. It's the second -- and hopefully not the last -- chapter of a larger story of a man learning that it's possible to grip a baseball without it gripping him." --Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports.com"Dirk Hayhurst manages to bring an outsider's point of view to the baseball world, even while reaching the major leagues for the first time. It's never too inside baseball, even though it is literally from inside baseball." --John Manuel, Editor, Baseball America"Hayhurst has done it again. I was blown away by every page, every chapter, every twist, every turn. I kept thinking that if I could only pitch as well as Dirk can write, I might have more Cy Youngs than Greg Maddux." --Jayson Stark, ESPN.com"Once again, Hayhurst delivers an entertaining story for more than just sports fans. Baseball provides the backdrop, but this is about life, relationships and the sacrifices made to pursue a dream. Hayhurst's unique storytelling style makes for another memorable read." --Jordan Bastian, MLB.com"In Dirk Hayhurst's funny, earthy, touching new book, he finally makes it to a big-league mound. As a writer, he's been throwing strikes in the Show for a while now, and "Out of My League" is another quality start." --King Kaufman, Bleacher Report"The most candid portrayal of life as a professional athlete I've ever seen. Out of My League  is a must for anyone who has dreamed of making the Major Leagues and has wondered what they missed." --Michael Dolan, Editor-in-Chief, Athletes Quarterly"Hayhurst isn't afraid to tell it like it is. He has a genuine gift for telling the stories of his life in such a way that they reveal profound truths. I find his writing both entertaining and thought provoking... unlike his fastball." --Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays All-Star"By the time you finish Out Of My League -- which is so compulsively readable and enjoyable that it could be the same day you start – you'll feel like you've just sat with an old pal who clawed his way into the bigs and couldn't wait to tell you everything about the experience. Apparently it's not enough for him to be a major league pitcher; Dirk has to be a fantastic writer, too. This is because God is cruel and unfair. You, however, are lucky: you get to read Out Of My League." --Matt Fraction, Marvel Comics author