The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran by Dirk Hayhurst

The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran

byDirk Hayhurst

Kobo ebook | April 1, 2010

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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 were closed.

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.

"It's not often that someone comes along who is a good pitcher and a good writer." --King Kaufman, Salon

"After many minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years spent in the bullpen, I can verify that this is a true picture of baseball."
--Tim McCarver

"There are great truths within, of the kind usually unspoken. And as he expresses them, Dirk Hayhurst describes himself as 'a real person who moonlights as a baseball player.' In much the same manner, while The Bullpen Gospels chronicles how all of us face the impact when we learn reality is both far meaner and far richer than our dreams--it also moonlights as one of the best baseball books ever written."
--Keith Olbermann

"A bit of Jim Bouton, a bit of Jim Brosnan, a bit of Pat Jordan, a bit of crash Davis, and a whole lot of Dirk Hayhurst. Often hilarious, sometimes poignant. This is a really enjoyable baseball read."
--Bob Costas

"Fascinating. . .a perspective that fans rarely see."
--Trevor Hoffman, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers

"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

"Dirk Hayhurst has written a fascinating, funny and honest account on life in the minor leagues. I loved it. Writers can't play baseball, but in this case, a player sure can write."
--Tim Kurkjian, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine, analyst/reporter ESPN television

"Bull Durham meets Ball Four in Dirk Hayhurst's hilarious and moving account of life in baseball's glamour-free bush leagues."
--Rob Neyer,

"If Holden Caulfield could dial up his fastball to 90 mph, he might have written this funny, touching memoir about a ballplayer at a career--and life--crossroads. He might have called it 'Pitcher in the Rye.' Instead, he left it to Dirk Hayhurst, the only writer in the business who can make you laugh, make you cry and strike out Ryan Howard."
--King Kaufman, Salon

"The Bullpen Gospels is a funny bone-tickling, tear duct-stimulating, feel-good story that will leave die-hard baseball fans--and die-hard human beings, for that matter--well, feeling good."
--Bob Mitchell, author of Once Upon a Fastball
Title:The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League VeteranFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:KensingtonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:080653396X

ISBN - 13:9780806533964

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening If you want to understand the minor leagues, this is a great book. One of the best book's I have read on baseball.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the read... An excellent book. A little "disturbing" to read about what the minor leagues are really like - particularly for baseball parents. A lot "entertaining" to read about the day-to-day exploits of aspiring big leaguers. And, "inspiring" as Hayhurst pulls it all together in the closing chapters. If you love baseball, the combination of reality, entertainment, and inspiration will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2011-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I had no idea the sort of stuff minor leaguers go through. Like someone else said, this isn't as much of a book about baseball than it is about life. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's not a book about baseball book, it's about life Hayhurst writes a book about what it means to realize no matter what you do it does not have to define who you are. This is a book about life with some stories about baseball in it. I read it cover to cover within a day of getting it and I am now bothering everyone I know to read it too. It is rare that someone is able to look in the mirror and see both the good and the bad about themselves, let alone write about what they see. read this book!
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME READ I started following Dirk Hayhurst on Twitter where he tweets about life, baseball and Garfooses in a way that makes people follow him just to see what he has to say next. So when I found out he had written a book I was anxiously awaiting for it to come out. There was alot of positive reviews before Bullpen Gospels release and now I know why, it is a great book. It tells the story of a real person through ups and downs of life while making you smile with some of the adventures. Dirk has a way of writing that made me turn page after page without thinking of how long I was reading since I could not get enough of his stories.Even if you do not like baseball, this is a book about a man and his take on life, one that many people could learn from.
Date published: 2010-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning... Simply put, The Bullpen Gospels is the most 'real' book on baseball that I have has the pleasure to read. Sure, I have no idea what it's like to struggle to make it to the big leagues...but, despite what others say, I do know what it's like to be struggle through ups and downs in trying to achieve your goals. Dirk Hayhurst dispenses with the glitz of being a professional baseball player, and reveals the aforementioned struggle with an amazing sense of humour...yet a very real, and dark perspective of what it's like to chase your Big League (or any) dreams...
Date published: 2010-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Just a wonderful book, full review here:
Date published: 2010-03-01