Bigger Than the Game has ratings and 43 reviews. Gord said: After reading Dirk Hayhurst’s the Bullpen Gospels, I was looking forward to reading more. The title of Dirk Hayhurst%26#;s third %26#;tell-all%26#; book, Bigger than the Game: Restitching a Major League Life, is a bit. His third book, Bigger than the Game, may be his greatest attempt yet to show the world what life at the highest level is truly.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Hayhursh See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Bigger Than the Game: 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 hi “The best writer in a baseball uniform. Hayhurst blew bibger his pitching shoulder in an insane off-season workout program. After surgery, thann, 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. Observant, insightful, human, and hilarious. This book shows why baseball is so often used as a metaphor for life. Paperbackpages. Published February hayhkrst by Citadel first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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After reading Dirk Hayhurst’s the Bullpen Gospels, I was looking forward to reading more of his work as it came out. Bigger Ddirk the Game is his newest book and the second I have read of his. I was excited to read it. I’m glad that it was a quick read, as I found myself really not enjoying many of the stories he told. Some chapters just went on and on about nothing. In fact where tahn his first book, I saw a likeable person with drive, and humour but tnan this book, I did not like him at all.
I reali After reading Dirk Hayhurst’s the Bullpen Gospels, I was looking forward to reading more of his work as it came out. I realize that there is a lot of mental as well as physical healing needed when a pro athlete injures themselves, but found him quite whiny. There was also an air ditk arrogance that came through, that he never showed in his first book.
There were some interesting things about biggsr in baseball that he wrote about but not much. Near the end of the book, he said that after the success of his first book that he got a two book deal from the publisher. This book seems thrown together just to satisfy the terms of the agreement. I highly recommend the Bullpen Gospels but recommend that you should avoid Bigger than the Game! A disappointment when compared to The Bullpen Gospels or if you are looking for another sort of insider look at major league baseball.
However, this book is exactly what it purports to be — an account of Dirk Hayhurst’s time on the DL, his subsequent depression, and moving on. However, there is nothing really new here: Turns thhan athletes don’t like weakness — really? So, two stars for teaching us all how to be frugal when we make the Show. Feb hayhuret, Teena in Toronto rated it it was ok Shelves: My husband had read “The Bullpen Gospels”, which the author wrote a couple years ago, and enjoyed it.
We are fans of the Toronto Blue Jays Hayhurst spent most of his career playing in the minor league. Inhe was signed to Toronto’s farm team and spent part of the season “in the bigs” playing for the Jays.
He hurt his shoulder in the spring of and spent the season o My husband had read “The Bullpen Gospels”, which the author wrote a couple years ago, and enjoyed it. He hurt his shoulder in the spring of and spent the season on the disabled list. This book covers the time he was on the disabled list getting rehab for his shoulder. Some parts of this book were interesting There are not so flattering stories about some of the players on the Jays’ team and minor league teams their names have been changed.
I thought, though, that the writing could have been tighter. There were many many conversations that were really really long. For example, rather than the author saying he had a conversation with his trainer about something, we read about it word-for-word-for-word for pages. It seemed to be like this with everyone he talked with.
As a head’s up, the language is for a mature reader I didn’t find him overly likeable. Yes, I know he had problems dealing with his being in rehab and out of the game when he really wanted to play, but I found him arrogant, self-centered and whiny. At any opportunity he was sucking up to the media to promote his previous book which was just coming out when this book takes place or going on and on about what a hard time he was having adjusting and being shut out by the other team members.
If you are a fan of baseball, you may like this book. I like baseball and had a hard time getting through it. Feb 28, David Drysdale rated it liked it. I’m a fan of Dirk Hayhurst’s. I don’t think he’s a phenomenal writer or anything but I think he has good insight into a side of baseball that is rarely seen, whether it is the struggles of minor league players, the pleasure and the pain of just barely cracking a big league roster as a peripheral player, or, in this case, the mental struggles that come along with being a highly tuned athlete whose career can end with one workout.
This is where the book is the strongest: But after that, this one loses steam pretty quickly. Structurally, it felt weak. The primary crisis is resolved about half-way in and then the rest feels like a lot of hurrying up to wait.
There’s just no climax. The second half of the book is pretty funny–though sometimes I think Hayhurt has a bit of an inflated sense of his own comedic skills–but it’s not as good a story. I feel a bit guilty saying this because the first half is so raw–I don’t want it to sound like I’m disappointed that Hayhurst got better eventually.
But I could have tolerated less of the book being about goofing around in rehab and hearing more about the effects of mental illness and addiction. I think that’s the more important part of the story, too. But this is set aside in the second half of the story. People disappear, notably Hayhurst’s wife, whose deep concern for her husband in the first few chapters is quite moving.
But once he returns to Ohio from Florida, she’s a non-entity. I think I’m being a bit tougher on this one than I have been on his other books because I think the issue of mental illness is so important and I am glad when athletes do address the effects it can have on even people who seem, by all appearances, to have it all.
I wish Hayhurst had done a bit more with it. Mar 10, Scott Foshee rated it really liked it Shelves: Where the first three predominately focused on the lighter side of baseball with terrific background into his troubled family, his supportive romance and subsequent marriage”Bigger Than the Game” takes a slightly different tack.
Dirk gets injured and his experiences move to the trials and tribulations of dealing with rehab, teammates resentful of his writing, and Broken Athletes and What it Means to be Human I have read all four of Dirk Hayhurst’s books now and have enjoyed each one of them.
Dirk gets injured and his experiences move to the trials and tribulations of dealing with rehab, teammates resentful of his writing, and the realization that what makes one good on the field of competition is not necessarily what gives one an acceptable quality of life.
Dirk Hayhurst’s writing is vulnerable and real.
We are privy to the rarely seen shadow world of pro sports rehabbing and psychologists. A particularly funny section of the book takes place at the world famous Andrews Clinic in Birmingham, where Hayhurst encounters sadistic trainers, a baseball crazy nun, a living ghost of the old south, and wrestler Triple H.
The world of the injured player can be a difficult one.
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Largely separated from the team during their physical rehab regimen, players are suddenly removed from the game they have devoted their lives to from an early age. With time suddenly on their hands basic insecurities often rise and introspection follows. Some cannot handle it. Some become depressed and turn to pain meds, some turn to alcohol, and some face difficult home lives. Hayhurst finally does go to the psychologist, albeit reluctantly, and works to come to terms with his difficulties.
Professional sports is a business, and as a business it is performance based.
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Players have to learn not only how to play the game, but how to play a role when they reach the elite levels of their sport. Many struggle off thn field with this distinction, with disastrous results plucked right from today’s headlines. Hayhurst encounters all of these issues and more.
Instead of succumbing to his problems, he uses thee time to step away from the intense competition of sport and get some much-needed perspective. To take any of it more seriously than that was a mistake.
Players coddled from a young age because of their athletic abilities often forget that there is much more out there that is bigger than the game. Dirk Hayhurst gives us a rare and fascinating behind the scenes glimpse of broken athletes working out of the spotlight not just to return to form, hame to discover and face what it really is to be human.