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, ESPN.com 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...
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The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life Reviews
This was a mostly enjoyable baseball book, with its focus on the life of a minor league bullpen pitcher. But the author spent too much time regaling us with sophomoric tales of sometimes rowdy, sometimes raunchy capers of his teammates in places such as Lake Elsinore, California, and a few Texas League oases. Sometimes the anecdotes were funny and the dialog humorous, but for the most part, they were flat. Apparently baseball players are just like college frat rats when they're not on the field. Probably the reader could spin tales as good or even better from his or her past. I would have liked to have read more inside baseball. I would have like to know more about what it's like to be out on the field and not so much about the locker room or the team bus. There was some of that, but not enough. Hayhurst is a pretty good writer, but I think he was trying to do too much in this book: make it interesting, make it humorous, make it poignant and still make it a good baseball book. It's not a bad baseball book -- it gives one a fair taste for what it's like to be a perpetual minor leaguer -- but it could have been better. As I say, it's a good -- but not great -- baseball book.
It's strange to find a book that's wholesome and raunchy and poignant at the same time, but I guess that's the life of a sensitive, mild guy who has thrown his lot in with big-time athletics. It's a great read for anyone who loves baseball and enjoys descriptions of life on the road among stunted adolescents. There's not much baseball wisdom and no baseball strategy or statistics, but it's full of wonderfully funny descriptions of players, ballparks, and that special feeling of being a competitive athlete (and of the kinds of things that happen that can bring you down off your pedestal, too).
"Well, baseball is a lot of things, but it's not everything."
This is a thoughtful memoir not about baseball so much as a man coming to terms with his chosen craft and achieving some level of peace with himself. Most of the narrative concerns what the players do off the field or in the bullpen while not playing -- or what goes on in their interior world as they struggle to make it in an exceptionally competitive and unforgiving world.