biggerthanthegameDirk Hayhurst’s 3rd book, Bigger Than The Game, follows his career as a pitcher trying to make it in the major leagues.  After finally getting the call up from the minors by the Toronto Blue Jays, he ends up getting injured.  The book gives an inside look to his time recovering from surgery and the inner workings of a baseball team.

There are teammates who are giving him crap for writing a book – and think that he is going to expose all sorts of “secrets”.  I found this book to be very insightful, and a nice look behind the scenes. I also found Dirk to be an excellent writer and I had no problem imagining the scenes that he was describing – no matter how weird they may have been.

I received a free e-copy of the book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

Bigger than the Game 

About the Book

“The best writer in a baseball uniform.” –Tyler Kepner, The New York Times

After nearly a decade in the minors, Dirk Hayhurst defied the odds to climb onto the pitcher’s mound for the Toronto Blue Jays. Newly married, with a big league paycheck and a brand new house, Hayhurst was ready for a great season in the Bigs.

Then fate delivered a crushing hit. Hayhurst blew out his pitching shoulder in an insane off-season workout program. After surgery, rehab, and more rehab, his major-league dreams seemed more distant than ever.

From there things got worse, weirder, and funnier. In a crazy world of injured athletes, autograph-seeking nuns, angry wrestlers, and trainers with a taste for torture, Hayhurst learned lessons about the game–and himself–that were not in any rulebook. Honest, soul‑searching, insightful, hilarious, and moving, Dirk Hayhurst’s latest memoir is an indisputable baseball classic.

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