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The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst
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May 28, 2010

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Funny, raunchy, and genuinely moving. Hayhurst recounts the grueling life of minor leaguers who endure brutal travel, poverty wages, and cramped quarters for the chance to wear the jersey another day and the hope of being called up.

As the book begins, Hayhurst is thinking about quitting baseball altogether. The 2007 season starts with bitter disappointment, but he has little to go home to (during the off-season he chooses to sleep on an air mattress in his hilariously mean grandmother's sewing room because it's better than living at home). So, he decides to stick it out through Kangaroo Courts, food poisoning, and epic humiliation in front of his pitching hero.

A little cheesy at the end, as Hayhurst's conversations seem to lose their realism and move into afterschool special territory, but I don't hold it against him. He earned himself a little soap-boxing.

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