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The 33-Year-Old Rookie: How I Finally Made it to the Big Leagues After Eleven Years in the Minors

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  311 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Chris Coste dreamed of playing major-league baseball from the age of seven. But after eleven grueling years in the minors, a spot on a major-league roster still seemed just out of his reach–until that fateful call came from the Philadelphia Phillies in May 2006. At age thirty-three (“going on eighty”), Coste was finally heading to the big time.

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2008)
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Mar 23, 2017 AJ rated it really liked it
I thought it was a great story and very inspirational to me and I can take a lot away from it because I play baseball and I understand a lot of what the author is saying
Oct 10, 2010 Daniel rated it really liked it
Chris Coste
The 33-Year-Old-Rookie
New York: Ballantine Books, 2008-2009
221 pp. $15.00

"Hard work pays off!" is what a coach once said to me. That quote reminded me of so many things while I was reading this book. The author Chris Coste tells he story. His childhood was not what every kid would want. He lived in a small town in North Dakota, never met his father, and his small family was not one of the wealthiest families around. However, after all that he still manages to live an
Carston H
Oct 09, 2016 Carston H rated it it was amazing
This book was a really good book.I really liked this book because it tells u about the struggles some players go through to make it to the MLB.It teaches you that no matter the struggles that you face never give up because if you don't you will achieve your goals someday.I recommend this book to anyone who loves baseball and anyone who likes a good story.
Dec 19, 2008 Simone rated it really liked it
The 33-year-old Rookie vs. The Dog Killer

I love sports. I love the possibilities, the dreams, the striving. Athletes manifest determination, grit, and desire on a mental, spiritual, and physical level unmatched in any other arena. More than anything, I'm thankful for the inspiration, and many times, the absolute wonder of some athletes' accomplishments. And sometimes I'm crestfallen and/or disgusted by their downfalls.

This year, we were blessed with witnessing Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt's God
Oct 01, 2013 Lance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, blog, baseball
5 of 5 stars (outstanding)

Chris Coste’s account of his baseball journey through an independent league, the minor league system and finally to the major leagues as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies is one of those stories that make you want to stand up and cheer for the man. His story is not unique as there are other players who make it to the major leagues after toiling many years in the minor leagues. This story, however, is a refreshing read for people like me who have grown
Desiree Koh
Jul 28, 2008 Desiree Koh rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Baseball fans, Phillies fans and sports fans
Recommended to Desiree by: Sports Illustrated
Shelves: playball
There are many things to respect about Chris Coste. First, he slogged and sustained through 11 years in the minors before making it to the big show. Secondly, that he actually wrote this book himself sans ghost writer. That's like lugging your own catcher's gear around rather than leaving it in the dugout for the equipment manager. It's symbolic of the philosophy Coste has applied to his baseball career since he started by tossing tennis balls as a kid.

Which means it's not a well-written book --
Sep 16, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audio version and finished it over one weekend. I don't usually read books about sports figures. They have a mentality I just don't get. I'm not quite sure why I chose this book (maybe it was just the memory of Dennis Quaid in the movie--he has the absolutely best smile!). The movie is terrific, no question, but the book is even better. While the movie is about a man's dream and about baseball, the book is about a man's life as he learns to live without the dream and with reali ...more
Mar 20, 2008 jeremy rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball, memoir-bio
in a time of quick fixes and instant gratification, tales of perseverance and triumph are easily overlooked, but this story exemplifies tenacity at its finest. chris coste knows well the dividends paid by resolve and determination, and his autobiography is a testament to the benevolent power of will and self-confidence.

an all-american in college, coste spent eleven years in the minor leagues (including seasons in the international and mexican pacific leagues), before his debut in a philadelphi
Mar 29, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot - a Cinderella story about a guy who seems quite likable and well-grounded - his story of his baseball career, starting in college, independent league ball, minor leagues, and finally making it as a major league player with the Phillies in 2006, at the age of 33. He is now on the Nationals roster, although on the disabled list, and I am hoping that he will come back at some point and I can get the book signed at a fanfest event. Aside from the personal story, this book is a ...more
I recall some months ago when I saw a blurb about this book, about a 33 year old Rookie in the Major Leagues. As I am in this age group, this kind of story intrigued me so I decided to get this book.

Chris's story does not disappoint. The phase that comes to mind when I hear his name is "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again". Here is a man who tried unsuccessfully for 13 years to break into the major leagues from every possible angle and finally when he got called up to the Phillies,
First off, let me say that I have total respect for Chris Coste. Eleven years in the minor league is usually enough for any player to retire. He stuck it out and finally made it to the major leagues.

What I didn't like was there was a lack of being humble. Through the book, he would constantly bring up about how he was overlooked, which may have been true, but was a constant theme in every chapter. The lack of modesty made the book hard to get through the whole thing. I made it through, because
William D.
Sep 09, 2009 William D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This i a hartworming story, a grate story about a 33 year old guy that when he was small dreamed about bcoming a proffesinol baseball player. But one injury cost him that privalage!He had a leuge that never won onces. And when he managed the team they started to win more and actually made it to the world serious. Also after the team started to realized that he throws 98 mhp, the team and him made a promise, that if they make it to the playoffs, he has to start looking to play baseball again. So ...more
Apr 15, 2008 Tim rated it really liked it
Coste is a real life version of Roy Hobbs in "the Natural". Inspiring story about living your dreams and never giving up hope, no matter how many doors are closed in your face. Really impressed with the quality of writing from the first time author, full time athlete, as well. I was riveted. At 35 the "old timer's" still impressing philly fans every night he plays too. I find myself fanatically cheering for the guy every time he steps on the field, and angrily muttering "Why isn't coste in tonig ...more
Jun 09, 2008 Anthony rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Phillies Fans
Shelves: own, sports
Pretty good book about Chris Coste's career. He had a really interesting path to the majors and it includes stints as marketing director of an independent league team and talk show host. It was a little bittersweet to be reading it since it concludes after the 2007 season. I do not have the book with the 2008 addendum about winning the world series. And I felt bad that such a good guy is not on the 2009 Phillies that are trying to repeat. I think the book also captured Chris Coste's voice. He de ...more
Jun 25, 2008 arterialturns rated it really liked it
An inside look at the convoluted path from a childhood dream to reality, and some of the many obstacles towards becoming a major league ball player. This is well-written, and a fast read. It reads almost conversationally, with great insights. This guy's motivation and determination are amazing. I'm biased, but I think that it's a good read for baseball fans and non-fans alike. [Update, 11/2/08: Now Mr. Coste is a world Series ring holder! Happily rooted for him, Jamie Moyer, et al, although Cost ...more
Dec 27, 2008 Evannn rated it really liked it
If you like baseball, if you like stories of overcoming long-shot odds, this is a great book. Well-written in a casual style, Chris details his baseball-obsessed youth and the long, long time it took him to finally bust into the major leagues. I learned a lot about how the system works, and how sad and frustrating it can be. You have to be pulling hard for Chris after only a couple chapters. And even knowing what happens in the end doesn't diminish the suspense and joy when his dedication finall ...more
Jim Bartruff
Aug 28, 2012 Jim Bartruff rated it really liked it
Having followed his career since he played for Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where I lived while teaching at a rival institution, I won the book in a bet over the outcome of the 2009 World Series. Coste is a good man, a good ball player, a devoted family man and a good writer. He recounts his journey to the big leagues with the wonder and excitement of a kid who cannot believe his good fortune. I'd like to believe that if I made a journey like his that I would remain as earnest, appreciative ...more
Kyle Hogan
Mar 18, 2011 Kyle Hogan rated it liked it
Sorry I forgot my book review and read this about two weeks ago:

I liked this book in many ways. First, I like it cause it is about baseball and I play Baseball. Also, the book has the theme that its never to late to fufill your dreams. Although, this book angers me that Chris didn't go to the Mets (haha) and instead was in thwe Phillies farm System. This book is a good read for those who believe in comeback stories and love baseball.
Chuck Russo
Jan 31, 2009 Chuck Russo rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
Rated a 4 because it's such a great story, and heart-warming on multiple levels. Writing quality is more like a 3, but I highly recommend this book to any Phillies fan, or anyone interested in the climb from high school to college to minor to major leagues. Just a great, fast, fun read about personal drive, perseverance, hard work, strong family & character, and with lots of inside-baseball details, including some funny stories.
Mar 08, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and found myself tearing up with a lump in my throat several times. Chris Coste describes his career very honestly. He stirred up many emotions in me as I read it - excited, frustrated, elated, etc. Even if you aren't a Phillies fan, if you love baseball, you will find this book very interesting.
May 18, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves baseball
This is a well-written true story of how Chris Coste finally became a major league baseball player after spending 11 years in the minor leagues. It is a love story, both to his family for their constant and never-wavering support, as well as to the game of baseball.

Anyone who roots for the underdog, and is in anyway a sports fan, will enjoy this book.
Gabriel Miller
Jan 10, 2017 Gabriel Miller rated it really liked it
This book is great for any fan of baseball. It shows how a real person and the main character Chris persevered through the minors and finally made his way up to the majors. I liked this book a lot because I am a big baseball fan but also because it shows that hard work and dedication goes a long way even in professional sports.
Aug 15, 2008 Gregg rated it really liked it
Inspiring story about Chris Coste who spent years in the minor leagues before finally breaking through to the big league with the Philadelphia Phillies. Of particular interest to Philadelphia fans, although any baseball enthusiast would enjoy.
Cornelius G.
Jan 13, 2009 Cornelius G. rated it it was amazing
What a great success stories a welfare kid from Fargo grows up to be a World Series Legend. Quoting Don King, " Only in America."
Apr 11, 2008 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
While it's bookended by chapters that will primarily appeal to Phillies fans, the bulk of this is great for anyone who feels jaded by baseball's current scandals: a nice story of a guy who just loved playing baseball, no matter where it was - pretty refreshing.
Oct 07, 2010 Mason rated it liked it
Shelves: mason-s-books
I think this book teaches to never give up on your dreams. Also, I learned about different baseball leagues I've never heard of before. I enjoy baseball so it was a great book to read.
Aug 17, 2008 Debbie rated it liked it
Not exactly complex reading material, but certainly a quick read that any Phillies fan would appreciate. I love Coste!
May 30, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing
I read this book in two days...huge fan of the player/suthor and he has a great story and is having a great season this year as well!
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: reality-rules
Great baseball book, but a little too much baseball for me. I am adding it to my high school collection though.
Feb 09, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
nonfiction; baseball memoir.
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