Reenie's Reviews > The Bullpen Gospels: A Non-Prospect's Pursuit of the Major Leagues and the Meaning of Life

The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst
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Mar 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: baseball, non-fiction

This was good, and at times absolutely hilarious. There's an obvious comparison to Ball Four, though that was the tale of a guy that had made it, and was now feeling it slipping away from him as he got older, and this one is about a guy who feels himself getting older and losing his dream without ever having actually achieved it, which makes for quite a different feeling. Also, the Bullpen Gospels has a tendency toward... well, touching Chicken Soup for the Soul moments, with homeless people, disabled teenagers, and dying kids. Not to mention a shitty family situation the author has to deal with. There's quite a lot of Lifetime movie pathos, which to Dick Hayhurst's credit, isn't nearly as annoying as I've just made it sound while you're reading it. Ridiculous minor leaguer antics make up for it with their horrifically awesome crudeness, and render it unable to be put down.

Ball Four is better - or at least, it's definitely my preference, as far as these books go, but this is still better than the majority of baseball books.

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