BIGGER THAN THE GAME DIRK HAYHURST PDF

Some players—stars with prolific talent—get all the time they need to bounce back. Dirk Hayhurst is not one of those players. As a roster-filling journeyman with average ability, Hayhurst has to recover quickly and completely, or his career is over. Bigger Than the Game goes behind the scenes, into Major League Locker room with the Toronto Blue Jays, and then down the rabbit hole of major league rehab, where wild training room shenanigans, egomaniac surgeons, and drug abuse reign unchecked.

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The book hit shelves Tuesday, but I had the opportunity to read and review it before hand, and it exceeds all expectations. Hayhurst is a year-old Ohio native and a former major league pitcher having spent time with three organizations—those being San Diego, Toronto and Tampa Bay. You may overlook Hayhurst in a statistical analysis, but his contributions to the game of baseball reach far beyond those of on-field performance.

As per usual, Hayhurst ranges from the serious, to the hilarious, as he delves into some dark topics including addiction, depression, injury and the arduous task of rehabbing in order to get back to the game he loves. The book picks up immediately following a season in which Hayhurst made some major strides on the mound.

Over 15 appearances that season, then a year-old, worked to a 2. Naturally, Hayhurst looked to improve upon that season. Unfortunately, his quest for improvement was met with a major roadblock after hearing a "pop" in his shoulder during an impromptu workout session—a session that his trainer had advocated against early on in their work together. The consequences of this session proved major and, after trying to hide the injury early on, Hayhurst and the Jays eventually decided surgery was the best option.

From there, the book takes a dark turn as Hayhurst is tasked with rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder at spring training while isolated from his wife—who stayed behind in Ohio—and also from his team. Hayhurst details his own battle with painkillers and sleeping pills, which he routinely washed down with a six-pack of Yuengling.

This, in turn, would further isolate him from both his family and his team—which already had issues with him for his writing from the clubhouse. We see these topics make their way into the media on occasion. After three DUIs, the former No. Although we have these examples to look to, the athletes who deal with them rarely open up and share their inner thoughts on addiction.

In fact, even when their issues turn into larger problems—e. Performance on the playing field tends to wash away a whole slew of off-field negativity and, for fringe-roster guys and minor leaguers, this is a major problem. Hayhurst also explores the inferiority complex surrounding professional baseball players—and athletes in general—and their unwillingness to address their shortcomings. His talks with the team therapist clue us in to this larger issue. I thought I was telling you all this in confidence.

To some extent, this is true of everyone. After reading the book, I had the chance to talk with Hayhurst, and in our string of emails, I asked about both the new book, and what to expect from him in the future. What made you want to share your experiences with depression and addiction with the world? Writing about baseball from the inside of a paradox. Baseball should be relatable. The truth is players are not superheroes. I wrote it because it was true. I wrote it because I believe people should not be ashamed of who they are, and should be afforded every chance to embrace it without shame.

Generally, fans bastardize the human qualities of the athletes they look up to. As previously mentioned, Hayhurst also served as a broadcaster for the Blue Jays. However, he recently vacated the position. So, naturally, I wanted to know what was on deck for the former big leaguer. One other thing too, I know you recently left Sportsnet.

App development. Should be lots of laughs and make those long bathroom visits more enjoyable. Hayhurst mentions his being a gamer in his work, and it should be interesting to see how the app takes off.

Although Hayhurst may be done playing baseball, his impact on the game we all love will do nothing but grow. As I leave you, presumably, to go read the book, take a look at some of the early Twitter reactions to Bigger Than the Game. Be sure to visit that site for blog posts, info on the new book and future info on the app Hayhurst is producing.

Also, you can follow Hayhurst on Twitter for all things life and baseball. Facebook Logo.

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Sobsequy: A Review of Dirk Hayhurst’s “Bigger Than The Game”

Wild Pitches, a compendium of outtakes and reprints, is not quite a fourth. It is easily his best. Bigger Than The Game has far more depth and grip than his first two books, The Bullpen Gospels and Out of My League , which are entertaining but sometimes shaggy rambles despite occasionally serious content. Now that Hayhurst has taken off his baseball glove, he has also taken off his gloves as a writer, perhaps because his retirement from playing has liberated him from the need to protect his employment status. He hits the truth harder, and with more impact.

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Words and thoughts still trying to make it to the big leagues Search for: Hang Up Your Cleats, 4. But, look, unless this is a baseball related job, the interviewer will most Hang Up Your Cleats, 3. That driving, all-consuming force that propelled you is gone.

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The book hit shelves Tuesday, but I had the opportunity to read and review it before hand, and it exceeds all expectations. Hayhurst is a year-old Ohio native and a former major league pitcher having spent time with three organizations—those being San Diego, Toronto and Tampa Bay. You may overlook Hayhurst in a statistical analysis, but his contributions to the game of baseball reach far beyond those of on-field performance. As per usual, Hayhurst ranges from the serious, to the hilarious, as he delves into some dark topics including addiction, depression, injury and the arduous task of rehabbing in order to get back to the game he loves. The book picks up immediately following a season in which Hayhurst made some major strides on the mound. Over 15 appearances that season, then a year-old, worked to a 2.

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